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Audit of HSE management in Aker Kværner Offshore Partner

During the period 5-6 April 2006, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Aker Kværner Offshore Partner AS (AKOP) in connection with the company's maintenance and modification activities (M&M) in the petroleum activities. The audit was aimed at AKOP's management system, with primary focus on activities connected with the company's M&M contract on Tampen. The audit did not uncover any nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements.


The audit was conducted in the form of presentations by AKOP on selected topics, interviews with personnel in the M&M organization in Stavanger and verifications of documentation.

Background for the audit

This audit is part of the PSA's increased focus on contractors so as to achieve a more uniform follow-up of all of the players in the petroleum activities. Through the HSE White Paper from 2001 (Storting White Paper No. 7), the new HSE regulations in 2002 and positive experience acquired over a number of years of audits targeting drilling contractors, the mechanisms are in place for increased focus on contractors.

A large percentage (more than 60%) of the people who work offshore are employed in contracting companies. The percentage varies from facility to facility, and depends on the type of activities being carried out.

Contractor employees are often involved in actually executing various work tasks and are thus closely involved with the physical risks. At the same time, it is the operator's (primary company's) management systems and framework conditions that are used as the basis for the activities on the facilities.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to obtain an overview of AKOP's management system for safeguarding health, working environment and safety in connection with M&M activities on the shelf, as well as to verify compliance with HSE requirements in all phases/parts of the management loop.

Therefore, the audit targeted management elements rather than technical details, and covered the associated petroleum activities on land in the form of preparation, planning and management of the key activities on the facilities.

Another objective was to illuminate roles and responsibilities in the contractor - operator relationship, to verify that important HSE requirements are observed.

Result of the audit

It is our impression that AKOP has established a comprehensive management system to follow up health, environment and safety.

It is also our impression that the company cooperates with operators and subcontractors to ensure that the maintenance and modification activities are carried out in the best possible way in terms of safety.

AKOP draws up annual HSE targets and activity plans. There has been good involvement by both the management and the employees in connection with preparing the HSE program and the activity plans for 2006. Campaigns and gatherings are also carried out together with the operating company.

Employee participation in the company is well-organized. The safety delegate service is organized such that there is a safety delegate out on the facilities and a main safety delegate (HVO) on land. The safety delegates are involved in activities including establishing the annual HSE activity plans and in connection with preparations for planned shutdowns.

The audit did not reveal any nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements. However, we did note some areas where there is potential for improvement. These include the following:

  • Further development of the company's management system.

  • System for handling nonconformities.

  • Competence and training.

  • Follow-up.

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  • Exchanging experience and improvement.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss