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Audit of major accident risk and safety-critical barriers on Kårstø

From 10-12 May 2011, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out two audit activities on Karstø; major accident audit and barrier management.

The audit activity is based on the Regulations relating to measures to prevent and limit consequences of major accidents in activities where hazardous chemicals are used, the Regulations relating to health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities and at certain onshore facilities, the Regulations relating to management and the duty to provide information in the petroleum activities and at certain onshore facilities and the Regulations relating to technical and operational matters at onshore facilities in the petroleum activities, etc.

The objective of the activity was to verify that Karstø safeguards the regulatory requirements related to the selected topics within major accident risk and barrier management.

The audit was carried out as planned with good facilitation from Statoil. The conversations held gave the impression of skilled and enthusiastic employees.

Nonconformities in relation to the regulations were not identified within the topics of the audit. 

Two improvement items were identified in connection with:

  • Use of overtime for training purposes
  • Strategies and principles for barrier management