From 20-22 June 2013, the PSA conducted an audit of ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS (COPSAS)'s and the contractor's follow-up of groups exposed to risk in connection with removal work at Albuskjell 1/6A.
During the audit, non-conformities with the regulations were identified in respect of COPSAS's follow-up of working hours schemes for a group of personnel hired for Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC) from different Asian staffing agencies.
Based on the findings made during the audit, the PSA gives notice of the following order:
Pursuant to section 69 of the framework regulations, on administrative decisions, see section 37, second subsection of the framework regulations, on ordinary working hours; section 39, third subsection, on off-duty periods; section 42, first subsection, on offshore periods; see section 7 of the framework regulations, on responsibilities pursuant to these regulations and section 23, on general requirements for material and information, ConocoPhillips Skandinavia AS is ordered to ensure and document that the working hours schemes in connection with the removal activities are in compliance with the provisions referred to.
The deadline for complying with the order is set at one week after the order is issued. We are to be notified when the order has been carried out.
Explanation of the terms “order” and “notification of order”
An order is an administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before the PSA issues an order, it usually submits a notification of order to the companies involved.
A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of the PSA’s administrative process in accordance with the established rules of procedure. The notification is just a first step before an administrative decision is made.
An order is a powerful preventive measure and legally binding on the recipient.
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