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Audit of Mongstad – safeguarding barriers and learning from incidents

During the period 12-14 October 2010, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted a number of audit activities at the Mongstad facility aimed at how Statoil safeguards safety-critical elements (barriers) and how Statoil ensures learning from incidents.

The audit activity was carried out on the basis of the Temporary regulations relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems (Temporary Regulations) and the Regulations relating to systematic health, safety and environment work in the activities (the Internal Control Regulations).

The activity was also linked to our main priorities for 2010, such as ”management and major accident risk”, including learning from serious incidents, and Statoil’s safeguarding of “technical and operational barriers” to reduce the risk of major accidents.

The objective of the activities included verifying that Statoil Mongstad safeguards the regulatory requirements, that selected safety-critical barriers are handled in a comprehensive and consistent manner, and that experience gained from incidents is incorporated into the organisation. The objective also included verifying that management is involved in, and contributes to, continuous improvement, and that systematic work is carried out with a view towards learning from and preventing incidents.

No regulatory nonconformities were identified within the parts of the facility that were audited. However, improvement items were noted both with regard to knowledge and use of documents that stipulate requirements for important technical barriers, the systematic process of learning from incidents and verification that implemented measures actually work.