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Audit of emergency preparedness on Njord A and B

Audit: The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of the emergency preparedness on Njord on 25 and 26 March 2009. Our main impression following the audit, is that the emergency preparedness on Njord A and B is good, but that there is room for improvement of some technical and operational aspects in regards to preparedness.


The audit was carried out on the Njord A facility, and included Njord B, although we did not go on board this facility.

Njord A and Njord B

Njord A and Njord B

 

The audit focused on emergency preparedness to verify that the emergency preparedness tasks are carried out in compliance with the requirements.
 
Emphasis was on management of the emergency preparedness, emergency preparedness organisation including area emergency preparedness, maintenance of emergency equipment, evacuation means at the facility, competence in regards to the execution of emergency preparedness functions and general safety labelling in the outdoor areas of Njord A.

In addition, we focused on safety-related matters for ICT at Njord A.

Background for the audit
Notice of the audit was given on 4 February 2009, as a planned activity in accordance with the PSA’s audit schedule for 2009. The audit is pursuant of the Facilities Regulations’ Chapters III-IV relating to preparedness and of the Activities Regulations’ Chapters VI-II relating to competence, along with Chapter XI on emergency preparedness.

In addition, the audit activity is based on the PSA’s general prioritisation of contributing to technical and operational resilience, as well as following up the competence and capacity of the company in relation to the new organizational model.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that StatoilHydro maintains the emergency preparedness at Njord A and B in compliance with the regulations and its own governing documents.
 
This includes emergency preparedness organisation, including cooperation on emergency preparedness, maintenance of emergency equipment, evacuation means and routes, maintenance of the emergency preparedness functions competence of the personnel, emergency preparedness drills and training as well as ICT security.

Result of the audit
We did not identify any non-conformities or findings which will result a notice of order. The main impression of the audit, is that preparedness is safeguarded on Njord A and B, but that there is room for improvement of some technical and operational aspects in regards to emergency preparedness:

  • The emergency preparedness control centre is not very suitable (small room – lots of personnel).
  • Lack of knowledge of administrative ICT security guidelines.
  • Safety labeling in outdoor areas was deficient.
  • Survival suits at muster station had not been regularly inspected (last inspection was in 1996).