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Audit of emergency preparedness on Ula – order

In the period 16 – 18 April 2008 the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of emergency preparedness on Ula. We identified one non-conformity in relation to the regulatory requirements in that safety marking was very deficient in large parts of the outside area on Ula, which comprises the three facilities Q, D and P. On the basis of our findings we have issued an order to BP Norge AS (BP).


The audit involved emergency preparedness with emphasis on the facility’s means of evacuation, emergency response organisation, emergency response equipment and the competence of personnel related to the emergency response functions they carry out. The audit was conducted as a review of documents, interviews, talks and verifications.

Background for the audit
The audit was a planned activity in accordance with the PSA’s audit plan for 2008. The audit was based on Chapter III-IV of the Facilities Regulations on emergency preparedness, Chapter VI-II of the Activities Regulations on competence and Chapter XI on emergency preparedness.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that BP safeguards emergency preparedness on Ula in accordance with regulatory requirements, including organisation and safeguarding its own emergency response organization, its role in area preparedness, means of evacuation, maintenance of emergency response equipment and maintenance of the competence of personnel related to the emergency response functions they carry out.

Result of the audit
We identified one non-conformity in relation to the regulatory requirements related to safety marking, including marking and posting of signs in escape routes and emergency response equipment. A notification of order was sent to the company on 24 April 2008.

In addition, we identified several matters with a potential for improvement. Our main impression following the audit is that there is room for improvement of several technical and operative matters in connection with emergency preparedness on board Ula.

Non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements:

  • Deficient safety marking.

Improvement items:

  • Deficient lifeboat training.
  • Deficient knowledge of area preparedness resources.
  • Deficient MOB preparedness.
  • Deficient competence and knowledge of competence requirements for emergency response personnel.
  • Deficient follow-up of notification of courses – emergency response courses.
  • Deficient knowledge of requirements for firefighter clothing.
  • Deficient updating of emergency preparedness plan.
  • Non-compliance with performance requirements for MOB preparedness.
  • Incompatible emergency response duties – firefighting team and helideck team.

In accordance with our previous notification we have issued the following order to BP:

Pursuant to Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, Section 22 of the Management Regulations relating to improvement, cf. Section 68 of the Activities Regulations relating to handling hazardous and accident situations, Section 42 of the Activities Regulations relating to maintenance and Section 27 of the Facilities Regulations relating to safety signs, BP is ordered to

  1. mark escape routes on the facility in a visible manner in accordance with requirements. This applies to yellow paint on the turntable and grating deck, including stairs,
  2. mark equipment cabinets for fire and safety equipment in a visible manner in accordance with requirements,
  3. install and maintain safety signs in accordance with requirements,

cf. Chapter 5, Point 5.1.1 of the report.

The deadline for complying with the order is 1 August 2008. We must be notified when the order has been carried out.