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Order following audit of groups at risk on Jotun A

Following the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's (PSA’s) audit of ExxonMobil's (Esso's) identification and follow-up of groups potentially at risk on Jotun A, Esso received a notification of order. In accordance with the notification, we have now issued an order.

During the audit we identified two nonconformities in relation to the regulatory requirements:

  • Systematic mapping and risk assessments of working environment conditions for employees of the contractor company Aak had not been carried out.
  • Aak's employees had not been given training in relevant working environment risk.

Read more: Notification of order following audit of groups at risk on Jotun A

The following order has been issued to Esso:

Pursuant to the Management Regulations, Section 17 relating to analysis of the working environment, the Management Regulations, Section 3 and the Activities Regulations, Section 31 relating to arrangement of work, cf. the Framework Regulations, Section 5 relating to responsibility, first and second subsections, and Section 58 relating to individual decisions, ExxonMobil (Esso) is ordered to evaluate the systems intended to ensure follow-up of working environment conditions for contractors working on Esso Norge's facilities. Furthermore, Esso must, in cooperation with Aak, consider follow-up of the working environment for rope access technicians (cf. Items 5.1.1 – 5.1.2 of the report) and implement the necessary measures to ensure that working environment factors are followed up in accordance with the regulations.

 The following elements must be included:

  • Surveys and risk assessments, as well as necessary facilitation of the working environment conditions for the rope access technicians – cf. Item 5.1.1 of the report.
  • Training within relevant working environment risk for rope access technicians – cf. Item 5.1.2 of the report

The deadline for complying with the order is set at 1 March 2010. The PSA must be notified when the order has been carried out. 

About “orders” vs. “notification of order":
An order is a administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations. Before we issue an order, we usually submit a "notification of order" to the companies involved.

A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of our administrative process in accordance with the established rules of procedure. The notification is just a first step before an administrative decision is made.

Journal 2009/982 (document in Norwegian)

Inger Anda, Director for communication and public affairs
Email: inger.anda@ptil.no | +47 970 54 064