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Order to Statoil following audit of follow-up of risk of noise-related damage

In May of this year, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of how Statoil Petroleum AS (Statoil) follows up the risk of noise-related damage on the Statfjord field. We have now issued an order to the company, in line with the earlier notification.


The audit, which was conducted on 23 May 2010, revealed several breaches of the regulatory requirements.

Based on the findings from this audit, the PSA issued Statoil a notification of order.

Read more: Notification of order to Statoil – follow-up of noise damage risk

The audit identified the following nonconformities:

  • Deficient mapping and risk assessments of noise exposure
  • Employee groups are exposed to noise levels that are hazardous to hearing
  • Nonconformance procedures not established
  • Deficient plans for implementing risk-reducing measures
     

The PSA has now received feedback from Statoil regarding the notification of order.

Based on our audit findings, and in accordance with the notification, we hereby issue the following order:

Pursuant to Section 17 of the Management Regulations relating to working environment analyses, Section 20 relating to non-conformance procedures and Section 22 relating to improvement, cf. Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, Statoil Petroleum AS is ordered to:

  • review its system for managing the risk of noise damage for the Statfjord facilities and implement the necessary measures to comply with regulatory requirements. This work shall include:
    • performing necessary assessments of the risk of noise damage for exposed employee groups, cf. Item 5.1.1 of the report
    • performing non-conformance procedures in connection with requirements for handling noise, cf. Item 5.1.3 of the report
    • develop plans with deadlines for risk-based corrective measures in connection with the risk of noise damage, cf. Items 5.1.2 and 5.1.4 of the report

The deadline for complying with this order is set at 1 March 2011. The PSA must be notified when the order has been carried out.

 

 

Order and notification of order
An order is a administrative decision made pursuant to the regulations.

Before the PSA makes an order, it usually issues a notification of order to the companies concerned.

A notification of order is neither a measure nor a warning of sanctions, but part of the PSA’s administrative process as specified in its established procedural rules.

The notification is merely a first step before an administrative decision is made.