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Audit at Nyhamna - wages and working conditions

During the period 8-10 November 2006, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Norsk Hydro (Hydro), contractors and subcontractors at the Ormen Lange land facility at Nyhamna. We did not find any nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements in this audit.


The audit was aimed at how both Norwegian and foreign employers follow up the regulations relating to general application of wage agreements, as well as central HSE regulations in relation to foreign workers.

Nyhamna (kilde: Norsk Hydro)

Nyhamna (source: Hydro)

The audit included meetings, interviews and document reviews. The PSA was assisted by a Polish interpreter during the audit.

Link: Summary of the audit report in Polish

Linki: Streszczenie raportu z kontroli po polsku

Background for the audit

There are currently a significant number of foreign workers at Nyhamna. These workers are entitled to wages and working conditions in line with the General Application Regulations and applicable HSE regulations.

The following regulations constitute the formal basis for implementing the audit activity:

  • Temporary regulations relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems (provisional regulations).
  • Regulations relating to systematic health, safety and environment work in enterprises (the Internal Control Regulations) which apply to Nyhamna through the provisional regulations.
  • Act relating to working environment, working hours and job protection, etc. (WEA) and relevant regulations from the Directorate of Labour Inspection which apply to Nyhamna through the provisional regulations.
  • The General Application Regulations

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to focus on how the operator and employers manage and put into practice the follow-up of requirements related to

  • foreign workers' rights to wages and working conditions according to wage agreements, ref. the General Application Regulations,
  • working environment and personal safety as regards foreign workers, ref. WEA and regulations.

Result of the audit

  • The Polish workers stated that the HSE introduction courses are good. They also feel it is positive that these courses are given in Polish.
  • Central HSE documents and procedures have been translated into Polish.
  • A permanent Polish interpreter is employed at the facility.
  • The workers also state that HSE work is assigned high priority at the facility.
  • We see a clear improvement in the HSE training for foreign workers as compared with previous audits.

We identified potential for improvement in the following areas:

  • The communication between employer/hiring firm and Polish employees is inadequate.
  • There were deficiencies in the safety delegate system at the facility.
  • Wage slips and employment contracts are deficient in some companies that hire out personnel.
  • No sufficient evaluations were made as regards the prudent number of English or Scandinavian language speakers in work teams.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss