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Audit series: Audit of notifications of censurable conditions at work – Transocean Offshore Ltd

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority have jointly audited Transocean’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 regulationsthe 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 "Legal compliance and ethics policies and requirements" (LCE) issued at company level and the Integrity Code.

Transocean describes the notification procedure and states that employees have an annual interactive review of the LCE modules. For onshore employees, some of the modules are reviewed at staff meetings onshore. There are notices on the facilities and in the offices about the LCE help line. It is apparent from the response that the employees were not involved in designing the applicable notification routines.

The audit identified one non-conformity relating to a lack of employee participation in the design of the routines.

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