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Audit series: Audit of notifications of censurable conditions at work - Sodexo Remote Sites Norway AS

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority have jointly audited Remote Sites Norway’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 received a copy of the company’s procedures for notification of censurable conditions. In its response, Sodexo Remote Sites Norway AS describes how the procedure is communicated to employees. The company was unable to document that Norwegian employee representatives participated in the preparation of the procedure, only that the senior safety representative participated when the procedure was updated in 2016. The company refers to Section 2-3 of the Working Environment Act. After 16 June 2017, the Working Environment Act was revised by the addition of Section 2A, regulating notification.

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