Background for the audit
The PSA is to set standards for and follow up to ensure that the players in the petroleum activities maintain high standards as regards health, safety and the environment, and thereby also contribute towards creating the greatest possible values for the Norwegian society.
The PSA shall also contribute to reducing the risk level in the petroleum activities by following up the players to ensure that they promote technical and operational integrity on the facilities, and also follow up the interplay between people/technology/organisation in HSE-critical systems.
The Mongstad facility (photo) has been through a long period with a high level of activity and simultaneous operation. Risk management and learning from incidents are important elements in achieving good processes to increase safety at the facility.
The audit was conducted on the basis of the temporary regulations of 19 December 2003 relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems (Temporary Regulations), and regulations relating to systematic health, safety and environment work in enterprises (Internal Control Regulations).
Purpose of the audit
Safety-critical barriers must be safeguarded in a unified and consistent manner, so that the risk of major accidents is reduced as far as possible. The PSA achieves this by
Result of the audit
The audit was carried out as planned with good facilitation from SH. The conversations were conducted in an open and good manner, and the participants were prepared and reflective, and gave a professionally solid and good impression.
Central topics which we concentrated on during the audit, were organisational barriers such as the work permit process with related processes, and how SH Mongstad applies information from incidents in the group and elsewhere in the industry.
No non-conformities were identified in connection with the audit.
The report contains two observations with a potential for improvements: