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Audit of working environment in connection with the application for an AoC for Island Wellserver

On 18 March and 7 April 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) audited Island Offshore Subsea's (IOSS) follow-up of working environment conditions in connection with the construction, completion and preparation for operation of the well intervention facility Island Wellserver.

The audit was carried out through presentations of the elements in IOSS' management system, document reviews, conversations and verification on board the facility while it was in Aker Langsten Yard in Tomrefjorden.

Background for the audit
Island Offshore Management has applied for an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) for the well intervention facility Island Wellserver. The facility will be completed in 2008. It will be registered in Norway and certified by Det norske Veritas.  IOSS has followed up the engineering and construction of the facility and will be responsible for the operation of Island Wellserver. A long-term contract has been entered into with StatoilHydro for the use of Island Wellserver on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that issues related the follow-up of working environment conditions in connection with engineering, construction and operation of Island Wellserver complied with relevant working environment requirements in the Norwegian regulations.

Result of the audit
As regards the safeguarding of working environment conditions on board the Island Wellserver, we have a good impression, although we identified some non-conformities and potential improvements.

We did, however, not gain a full overview of the working environment status on the facility. This was due to the fact that some working environment issues can only be verified after further completion of the facility. This applied to, for example, matters in connection with noise (area and exposure measurements), lighting, HMI (human-machine interface) and ventilation.
We identified some non-conformities in relation to IOSS' management systems for follow-up of working environment issues. For instance, we identified a need for establishing more specific requirements for some working environment factors and to improve the company's systems for handling non-conformities in relation to the regulatory requirements.