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Audit of groups exposed to risk at the facility at Nyhamna

During 23 – 25 August 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit activity of identification and follow-up of groups exposed to risk at Nyhamna by Shell and the contractors Aker Solutions, Linjebygg and BIS.


We have examined how the companies’ systems for management of the working environment safeguard follow-up of groups exposed to particular risk. Shell was assessed in relation to their supervisory responsibility and facilitation of factors for the relevant contractor employees as well as hired employees from these at the facility at Nyhamna.

The audit was directed at management and follow-up of the executing personnel within isolation, scaffolding, and surface treatment (the ISS disciplines).

The companies needed to demonstrate vis-à-vis the PSA that a functioning management system had been established which entailed that risk factors for groups of employees were identified, mapped and followed up so that working environment and personnel safety factors were fully prudent in all links of the contract chain.

The audit placed emphasis on employee involvement and follow-up of hired employees. We followed up both handling of risk factors for employees and hired employees and wage and working conditions.

Background
This audit activity is part of the PSA’s main priorities for 2011: Groups exposed to risk. This has been one of the PSA’s main priorities since 2007. 

The objective of the PSA’s efforts is for the PSA to contribute to a reduction in the risk of injuries and illness for groups exposed to particular risk by:

  • following up that the companies further develop a comprehensive risk scenario for 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 with the greatest need and effect
     
  • contributing to clarify connections between framework conditions and risk
     
  • following up that the players in a partnership further develop framework conditions that contribute to securing a high HSE level for all groups

Objective
The objective of the audit was to assess the companies’ systematic activities to identify and follow-up groups that could be exposed to risk in own activities as well as assess the cooperation between the operator and contractor in this work.

The audit placed special emphasis on follow-up of hired employees at Nyhamna.

Results
Seven nonconformities were identified in relation to: 

  • Mapping and risk assessments of working environment factors for ISS personnel
  • Training in working environment risk
  • Follow-up of chemicals
  • Information exchange between the company health services
  • Working hours schemes
  • Hires from staffing enterprises
  • Follow-up of working environment factors

Furthermore, one improvement item was identified in connection with overview of work-related illness with staffing enterprises.