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Audit of Island Offshore Management A/S' management system

In connection with the processing of an application for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for Island Frontier, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted a verification of Island Offshore Management A/S' (IOM) management system on 25 April 2006. The general impression from the audit is that the company has, in a relatively short time, established a management system to ensure compliance with the requirements laid down in the regulations relating to health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities.


The verification was carried out in the form of a meeting where the company presented selected elements of the management system according to an agenda proposed by the PSA and two interviews with the company's management and HSE&Q personnel.

However, the audit confirmed that some central elements were not in compliance with the regulations. This applied in particular to:

  1. No compliance measurements have been carried out in relation to the requirements in the Petroleum Regulations as regards management system for the activities, cf. AoC manual.

  2. No internal audit plan has been established, cf. Section 21 of the Management Regulations relating to follow-up, has been established.

  3. The nonconformities handling system is not complete as regards registration and internal case handling, cf. Section 20 of the Management Regulations relating to nonconformities handling.

  4. The maintenance system, cf. Sections 44 and 45 of the Activities Regulations.

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During the audit, we were informed that the company has identified some of these elements and that activities have been planned to correct these elements in the near future.

As regards the maintenance system, it was stated that not all the safety equipment identified by the PSA in its verification of 23 March 2006 had been entered in the maintenance system. Nor had any efforts been made to ensure that all other safety equipment had been entered in the system, cf. Sections 44 and 45, relating to maintenance program and planning and prioritisation, of the Activities Regulations.

One of most important preconditions for an is that the management system for the activities and the facility is in compliance with the regulations. We cannot see that this is adequately documented for IOM and Island Frontier at this time.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss