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Audit of Halliburton's HSE management

During the period 22 - 23 November 2005, we conducted an audit of Halliburton Scandinavia's HSE management of cementing activities on the Norwegian Shelf. The audit emphasized management elements rather than technical details within the various disciplines. Our impression is that Halliburton has established a management system for following up health, environment and safety that is sound and clearly set out.

The audit was conducted by means of meetings and interviews with personnel on land and through verification of certain documents in the management system. Halliburton was represented by an observer during the audit.

Background for the audit

The audit activity was part of the Petroleum Safety Authority's increased focus on contractors in order to attain a more comprehensive follow-up of all the players in the petroleum activities.

About 60 per cent of those who work offshore are employed in contractor companies. This percentage varies from facility to facility and is dependent on the types of activities carried out.

Contractor employees are often involved in the execution part of the work and therefore have close proximity to the physical risks. At the same time, these employees work according to the operator's, drilling contractor's or the primary company's framework conditions and systems.

Until now, we have not conducted an audit directly targeting a well service company as the obligated party. This audit is the first of its kind. At this juncture, primary emphasis will be placed on the HSE systems in the onshore organization.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to obtain an overview of Halliburton's management system in order to maintain health, working environment and safety related to cementing activities on the shelf, as well as verification of compliance with HSE requirements in all phases/parts of the management loop. Therefore, the audit focused on management elements rather than technical details within the various disciplines.

Another objective was to shed light on the interface between the well service company, shipowner/primary company and the operating company.

Result of the audit

Our impression is that Halliburton has established a sound and clearly set out management system for following up health, environment and safety, and that the system is easily accessible for the employees both onshore and offshore.

We also have a positive impression of the established systems to safeguard transfer of experience following incidents, TapROOT systematics for investigation under Halliburton's direction, as well as the company's intranet-based system for positive experience feedback, "knowledge management".

The company has prepared systematic HSE activity plans for annual follow up of selected HSE focus areas. The employees and the AMU (Working Environment Committee) are involved in this process.

The audit identified some nonconformities and factors with potential for improvement in the following areas:

  • Updating of management systems vis-à-vis new petroleum regulations.
  • Registration and closing of nonconformities related to inspections.
  • HSE management in interfaces towards operator, primary company or third party.
  • Manning and competence.
  • Drills and training.
  • Visible risk assessments.

Contact in the PSA:
~LT~/STRONG>Mike Theiss