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Notification of order for Prosafe AS – at-risk groups on Regalia

The PSA has issued a notification of order to Prosafe AS following an audit of at-risk groups on Regalia.


From 25 May to 28 May 2014, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of Prosafe AS's (Prosafe) systems and practices for identifying and monitoring potentially at-risk groups. The audit also concerned arrangements for employee participation and the safety service.

Objective
The objective of the audit was to assess whether Prosafe's systems and practices within OHAS, as well as employee participation and the safety service, complied with regulatory requirements.

Result
The audit revealed that Prosafe AS's systems and practices for identifying and monitoring potentially at-risk groups did not meet regulatory requirements.

Non-conformities were identified in connection with:

  • Knowledge of the regulations
  • Mapping and risk assessment
  • Measures based on risk levels
  • Competence, communication and clarification of responsibilities
  • Employee participation and working environment committees

Based on the findings made during the audit, the PSA has now given Prosafe AS notice of the following order:

Pursuant to the Framework Regulations, section 69 concerning administrative decisions, with reference to the Management Regulations, section 6 concerning the management of health, safety and the environment, section 8 concerning internal requirements, section 21 concerning follow-up, the Activities Regulations, section 4 concerning a coordinating working environment committee and the Working Environment Act, section 6-1 concerning the election of safety representatives, Prosafe AS is ordered to:

  • Conduct the missing mapping and risk assessments of occupational health and safety on Regalia, with reference to item 5.1.2 of the report.
  • Prepare a binding, time-delimited schedule for implementing risk-reducing measures, with reference to item 5.1.3 of the report.
  • Ensure the necessary clarification of responsibilities and competence among personnel with OHAS-related duties, with reference to item 5.1.4 of the report.
  • Establish a joint on-site working environment committee and ensure that a senior safety delegate is elected, with reference to item 5.1.5 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 30.9.2014. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is 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 we issue an order, we generally send a "notification of order" to the affected companies.

A notification of order is neither an instrument nor a notice of sanctions, but a step in the PSA's case processing in which we request the party to assess the factual basis. The notification is only the first step before an administrative decision is made.

An order is a strongly preventive instrument which is legally binding on the recipient.

 

Journal 2014/531

Øyvind Midttun, Press contact
Email: oyvind.midttun@ptil.no | +47 51 87 34 77