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Audit series: Audit of notifications of censurable conditions at work – Maersk Drilling

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority have jointly audited Maersk Drilling'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
In its response, Mærsk Drilling describes the procedure for notifying, and receiving and handling notices of, censurable conditions. It is assessed that the content of the notification routine meets the requirements in Section 2A-3 (5) of the Working Environment Act.

It appears from the response that the routine was not prepared in collaboration with the employees and their representatives. The audit detected one non-conformity linked to deficient employee participation in the preparation of the routine. 

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