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Audit series: Audit of notifications of censurable conditions at work - Floatel International AB (Floatel)

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority have jointly audited Floatel’s routines for handling notifications of censurable conditions (whistleblowing) at work.


Background
Notification concerns the reporting of censurable conditions at the workplace. Through their employment, employees may become aware of matters that are or could be contrary to:
  • legal acts and regulations
  • the company’s policies
  • the general perception of what is justifiable or ethically acceptable
The Working Environment Act gives permanent and contract workers the right to notify censurable conditions. The notification rules in the Working Environment Act cover cases where an employee notifies censurable conditions in his or her own company. The Act also entitles contracted employees to notify censurable conditions in the contracting company.
 
In connection with its systematic HSE work, the employer must prepare procedures for internal notifications or implement other measures to facilitate the right to notify censurable conditions. This right shall contribute to strengthening employees’ genuine freedom of expression in the workplace.


Result
We have not received a copy of Floatel’s procedure for notification of censurable conditions, only a description of individual aspects for safeguarding the employees’ ability to notify censurable conditions. It is considered that this description has a number of deficiencies. The response describes how Floatel communicates its procedures to the employees. Floatel has not described how employee participation is provided for in the preparation of the various elements described. The audit detected two non-conformities: Deficiencies in the procedures. Lack of employee participation in the preparation of the procedures. 

The results of this audit series will be summarised in a report and published at psa.no

Øyvind Midttun, press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77