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Audit of Saipem's management of the working environment

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of Saipem's follow-up of working environment issues on Scarabeo 5 (pictured) during the period 18 August - 1 September 2005. The audit showed that Saipem's management of the working environment contained positive elements in all parts of the management loop. We identified one deviation regarding management of the working environment.


The audit was carried out with interviews in Saipem's offices on land, with the company health service Mediteam, and through verifications on Scarabeo 5.

The audit focused on:

  • Implementation and follow-up of working environment surveys.

  • Follow-up of work-related illness and reduced work capacity.

  • Follow-up of work loads and restitution.

  • Human factors.

  • Employee participation / the safety delegate service.

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Background for the audit

Following up the working environment is an important part of the preventive HSE work, and therefore high on the PSA's list of priorities. Saipem's follow-up of working environment issues has been studied earlier on, in connection with the application for an (AoC) for Scarabeo 5. Hence the present audit can also be considered a follow-up of this.

Purpose of the audit

The goal of the audit has been to gain an overall understanding of Saipem's management system for systematic follow-up of the working environment in all phases/parts of the management loop. Another goal has been to gain an overall understanding of working environment challenges and status of the working environment on Scarabeo 5, as a basis for the PSA's further follow-up of the company.

Result of the audit

The audit showed that Saipem's management of the working environment contains positive elements in all parts of the management loop.
Over the last few years Saipem has implemented several extensive improvement measures which are significant for the working environment on Scarabeo 5, such as a new drillers cabin, new shakers, improved vision in the deck crane, noise reduction in the engine control room and elsewhere, a new DP system and a new laundry.

The audit uncovered one non-conformity with regard to the working environment. This non-conformity concerns the management of chemicals. A few areas with room for improvement were also identified.

Contact in the PSA:
Mike Theiss