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Audit of lifting operations at Slagentangen

During the period 24-26 April 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of crane and lifting operations at Esso Norge AS' (Esso's) process plant at Slagentangen. We identified three nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements and two factors with potential for improvement.

Esso's governing documents are used as a basis for operation of the plant. These documents, in addition to the regulations, formed the basis for the audit.


Slagentangen (Source: Esso)

Background for the audit
In the Crown Prince Regent's resolution dated 19 December 2003, the PSA is assigned regulatory responsibility for audits of safety and working environment in the petroleum industry at certain facilities on land.

In order to comply with the guidelines and performance measures in the subsequent award letters, the PSA conducted an audit of Esso's management systems and requirements regarding implementation of crane and lifting operations at Slagentangen.

The audit was conducted on the basis of the Temporary Regulations of 19 December 2003, No. 1595 relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems (the Temporary Regulations), including the Regulations of 26 June 1998, No. 608 relating to use of work equipment with amendments, most recently from 13 September 2004, No. 1291 (User Regulations), cf. Regulations of 19 August 1994, No. 820 relating to machinery with amendments, most recently from 14 June 2005 (the Machinery Regulations), see in general Section 8 of the User Regulations.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify whether Esso carries out crane and lifting operations at Slagentangen in compliance with the existing regulations.

Result of the audit
The audit was conducted in the form of interviews with selected personnel and verifications at the plant.

Although the audit showed that Esso conducts its crane and lifting operations without many incidents, it is our assessment that in some areas Esso does not implement these operations in a manner that fully complies with the existing regulations.

Three nonconformities were observed in relation to management, expert inspection and instruction manuals in Norwegian. Two improvement items were also identified, linked to deficient equipment-specific training, and deficient registration and overview of lifting equipment and associated documentation.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss