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Audit of groups exposed to risk – Mongstad

From 13 to 15 September 2011, the PSA audited Statoil's and the contractor Kaefer Energy's identification and follow-up of groups potentially exposed to risk at Mongstad.


The PSA has looked at how the companies’ systems for management of the working environment safeguard groups that are particularly exposed to risk. Statoil was assessed in relation to its supervisor responsibility and facilitation of conditions for the relevant contractor employees at Mongstad.

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

The companies were to demonstrate to the PSA that a functioning management system had been established which had resulted in identifying, mapping and following up risks for groups of employees so that working environment- and personnel safety issues were fully safeguarded in all parts of the contract chain. The activity put particular emphasis on follow-up of contract employees.

Read more: Order to Kaefer Energy following audit of groups exposed to risk – Mongstad

Background
This audit activity was 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 audit is also part of a joint effort between the PSA and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority concerning employee participation (cf. audit notification dated 22 June 2011)

The PSA has observed that the contracting companies often have poorer results than the operating companies as regards exposure to working environment risk and risk management. Audits carried out over the last four years within the area Groups exposed to risk have therefore included contractor employees, including the ISO disciplines. ISO contractors perform high-risk work and have periods with many contract employees.

Objective
The objective of the audit was to evaluate the companies' systematic activities to identify and follow up groups that may be exposed to risk in own operations, and to evaluate the cooperation between operators and contractors in this work. The audit focused especially on follow-up of contract employees at Mongstad.

The objective of this effort is for the PSA to contribute to reduce risk of injury and illness for groups that are particularly exposed to risk through:

The following topics were chosen:

Result
Seven nonconformities were identified during the audit:

Two improvement items were observed: