31 companies – operators, shipping companies and catering companies - were covered by the audit. In previous audits, it has emerged that catering employees have relatively high sick leave rates, and that the management of cleaning and working environment for the catering employees was deficient.
Data from the project Risk level on the Norwegian Shelf (RNNS – now RNNP) have also confirmed that sick leave and work load among catering employees was high.
The audit was also a follow-up of the project ”Lift for catering”, based in the Safety Forum, which was carried out in the industry from 2001 to 2003.
The topic is also included as part of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's focus on groups exposed to risk.
Main impression following the audit
The audit was aimed at:
The replies of all three catering companies contained deficient information, which led us to summon them to separate audit meetings with the PSA and NBH.
One company has been given an order (link), in addition to one company having had some non-conformities identified (link). Otherwise, the audit identified some deficiencies within the management of cleaning and hygiene, as well as working environment for the catering employees:
The feedback from the companies shows that the audit has resulted in a review of own routines for management within the individual elements, and that this has contributed to the initiation of useful processes and measures.