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Audit of STS Stillasservice AS

On 28 September 2006, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of StS Stillasservice AS. The audit was aimed at working hours and internal control of HSE. The audit was a joint effort by the PSA and the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority (AT).


This summary from the audit report addresses factors linked to working hours and recording of working hours in connection with construction of scaffolding in the petroleum activities offshore and at the petroleum facilities on land.

The AT will submit a separate report regarding internal control of HSE in construction activities on land.

Background for the audit

Over the past year, the PSA has conducted several audits aimed at working hours and working hours schemes at petroleum facilities on land.

The industry utilizes various types of working hours and shift schemes at these facilities. Working hours can have an impact on working environment and personal safety. Therefore, the PSA wants to continue audits of working hours on the part of the subcontractors who have assignments both offshore and on land.

The subcontractors are largely required to follow the various working hours schemes of their employers as a consequence of the fact that they are engaged in many, often short, assignments.

The following regulations form the formal basis for implementing the audit:

  • The Working Environment Act (aml).

  • Regulations relating to systematic health, environment and safety work in enterprises (the Internal Control Regulations).

  • The Framework Regulations (for work on the Norwegian Shelf).

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Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the audit was to highlight the status of how STS Stillasservice AS manages and follows up requirements relating to working hours.

Result of the audit

Timesheets for about 10% of the workforce in 2006 were checked in relation to statutes and regulations, employment agreements and payment of wages.

The following observations were made which provide a basis for improvement:

  • Deficient work plans.

  • Deficient procedures for notification when personnel reach maximum stipulated hours per year.

Contact person i the Petroleum Safety Authority
Mike Theiss