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Audit of working environment management at Tjeldbergodden

During the period 11-13 June 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of how Statoil ASA (Statoil) and selected contractors manage working environment conditions at Tjeldbergodden. The working environment is largely followed up in a systematic manner at Tjeldbergodden, but we have identified two nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements.

During the course of the audit we conducted interviews, document reviews and verifications at the facility.

Tjeldbergodden (source: Statoil)

Tjeldbergodden (source: Statoil)

Background for the audit
The PSA has conducted several audits aimed specifically at the working environment at land facilities since the regulatory responsibility was transferred from the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority to the PSA in 2004.

The background for these audits has been to gain insight into and an overview of working environment challenges and the players' ability to manage working environment conditions. Identification and follow-up of employee groups at risk is one of four main focus areas for the PSA in 2007.

In this audit of Tjeldbergodden we were particularly interested in how groups of employees that are subjected to special risk are identified as part of the systematic follow-up of the working environment.

The audit was carried out during a planned shutdown. A planned shutdown entails considerable activity and many players present at the facility, and thus represents special challenges in relation to maintaining an overview of risk factors. Today's job market can also entail new challenges as players without previous knowledge of the petroleum industry are increasingly being used at the facilities.

The following regulations constitute the formal basis for carrying out the audit activity:

  • Temporary regulations relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems (provisional regulations).

  • Regulations relating to systematic health, safety and environment work in enterprises (the Internal Control Regulations), which apply to Mongstad through the provisional regulations.

  • The Working Environment Act (WEA) and relevant regulations from the Directorate of Labor Inspection which apply to Tjeldbergodden through the provisional regulations.


Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify systems and practices for following up the working environment at the facility. Among other things, we wanted to see how Statoil, through its working environment management system, identified and followed up groups in relation to the risk they were subjected to in the working environment.

During the audit we focused on the systems for following up the working environment in general and for following up the working environment in connection with planned shutdowns. We also wanted to see how the cooperation and distribution of responsibilities between contractor and subcontractor functions in this work.

The objective was to verify whether Statoil's management system conforms to the working environment requirements in the regulations, as well as internal governing documents, so that employees and groups of employees are identified and followed up in relation to the risk they are exposed to in the working environment.

Result of the audit
The working environment at Tjeldbergodden is largely followed up in a systematic manner. It also seems that follow-up of working environment factors has been emphasized more in recent times.

The PSA identified two nonconformities in relation to the regulations:

  • Deficient follow-up of working environment nonconformities.

  • Deficient risk assessments and surveys of working environment factors which, over time, can entail health damage.


The following improvement items were identified:

  • There is deficient knowledge in the organization regarding specific requirements in the field of working environment.

  • Deficient written overview of the division of responsibilities and need for specific working environment expertise.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss