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Report following audit of working environment and materials handling on Skarv

During the period 6-7 April 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of working environment and materials handling on the Skarv facility at Stord. The audit revealed a number of nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements.

The audit, which was carried out on board the Skarv FPSO at the Aker Stord yard, was a follow-up of previous audits carried out from 1-4 June 2010, targeting safeguarding of materials handling and the working environment in the Skarv project.

The audit is linked to the processing of the application for consent to use the facility on the Norwegian shelf.

Furthermore, the audit is part of our objective of setting standards and following up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high health, safety and environment standards, and thereby also contribute to creating the greatest possible values for the society.

The objective of the audit activity was to follow up to ensure that BP is constructing the Skarv FPSO in accordance with regulatory requirements within working environment and materials handling in the petroleum activities.

In this context, the PSA’s focus included following up observations described in audit reports from the aforementioned PSA audits, as well as BP Norge’s commissioning process for Skarv FPSO to ensure regulatory compliance within these areas.


Working environment
Nonconformities were identified in connection with information presentation in the CCR, working spaces for cleaning, rinsing and degreasing parts, ventilation in the welding shop, ergonomics in the laundry, difficult traffic and materials handling with trolleys and computer workplaces in the electrical shop.

Improvement items were also identified in relation to storage of chemicals and measures to reduce the risk of health injuries in connection with use of chemicals, storage of personal protective equipment and access to certain handwheels.

Reference is made to Chapters 5.1 and 5.2 of the report.

Materials handling
We observed that many of the improvement items and comments described in our report following the audit in South Korea in June 2010 have still not been addressed.

These include labelling of lifting lugs and lifting beams, equipment in lifting rooms and deficiencies related to the crane operator’s cabin. Reference is made to Chapters 5.2 and 6 of this report.

We have asked BP Norge to provide an account of how the nonconformities will be handled by 27 May 2011.

The report also contains observations of factors with potential for improvement, and we have asked the company to provide its assessment of these factors.

We have also requested feedback from BP as regards user participation in the design of the CCR, see under ”Comments” in the report.

The company must also present an overall status prior to tow-out to the field.

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