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Audit of follow-up of potentially risk-exposed groups - Kårstø

During the period 6 – 8 February 2012, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit at Kårstø aimed at Statoil’s follow-up of potentially risk-exposed groups.


In the audit, the PSA investigated how Statoil’s working environment management system safeguards follow-up of potentially risk-exposed groups. The audit was directed at Statoil’s process operators. The company had to demonstrate vis-à-vis the PSA that a functioning management system had been established which resulted in the identification, mapping and follow-up of risk factors for the group of employees, so working environment and personnel safety factors were fully prudent. Employee involvement was one of the topics of the audit.

The entire audit was carried out at Kårstø.

Background
The audit activity is part of the PSA’s main priorities for 2012: Risk-exposed groups. This has been one of the agency’s main priorities since 2007. The goal for this effort is that the PSA will contribute to a reduction in the risk of injury and illness for particularly risk-exposed groups by:

  • Following up that the companies further develop a comprehensive picture of risk of illness and injury for groups of employees, and that new knowledge is used actively in a risk-based approach where efforts are directed at the groups where the need and effect are greatest.
  • Contribute to clarify connections between framework conditions and risk.
  • Follow-up that the players jointly further develop framework conditions that contribute towards ensuring a high HSE level for all groups.

Objective
The objective of the audit activity was to assess the company’s systematic activities to identify and follow-up groups that could be exposed to risk in their own activities, as well as employee involvement in the working environment area.

The following topics were emphasised:

  • Surveys, measures and follow-up of risk factors for the process operators group
  • Facilitation for employee involvement
  • Training in risk factors
  • Application of HSE expertise in the companies and BHT
  • Planning and follow-up of working hours including assessments related to staffing and expertise

Result
Two nonconformities were identified in the audit:

  • Comprehensive risk assessment
  • Registry over employees exposed to carcinogenic or genetically harmful chemicals in their working environment

Four improvement items were registered:

  • Safety delegate service
  • Working environment risk
  • Verification of measures
  • Staffing analysis