Our notification of order relates in part to the use of resources with relevant, specific working environment expertise in a systematic manner in the work to follow up the working environment.
The notification of order also relates to a review of the company's system for managing the working environment, including the establishment of specific requirements for the working environment, establishment of procedures for systematic mapping and evaluation of the working environment in relation to requirements, improvement of systems for identification, risk assessment and handling of non-conformances, as well as systematic follow-up of working environment surveys.
The audit was conducted as a general audit aimed at working environment management on CoP facilities, however, the audit particularly targeted follow-up of the working environment on the Ekofisk Complex (photo).
For the purposes of our audit, we selected Bjørge Norcoat's scaffolding department in order to examine how CoP follows up the contractors' working environment.
Background for the audit
Follow-up of the working environment is an important part of the preventive HSE work, and is thus also a key element in the PSA's priorities.
There have been no previous audits of CoP's overall working environment management.
Similar audits of working environment management have been carried out in relation to other operators.
Purpose of the audit
The objective of the audit was to gain an overview of CoP's management system for systematic follow-up of the working environment on the shelf.
Another goal was to obtain an overview of working environment challenges and the status of working environment issues on CoP facilities as a basis for further follow-up.
A further objective of the audit was to verify compliance with the requirement for systematic follow-up of the working environment in all phases/stages of the management loop.
Therefore, the audit focused on management elements rather than the details in the respective technical disciplines.
Result of the audit
During the audit we discovered several weaknesses in CoP's systems for management of the working environment vis-à-vis regulatory requirements.
Eight non-conformances were recorded, as well as four elements where there is a potential for improvements.
The PSA is of the opinion that important causes of deficient working environment management on the part of CoP include the lack of using professional resources within the working environment field, as well as a lack of understanding in the organization that working environment requirements have the same formal status as other HSE requirements in the regulations, and must be followed up with comparable systems.
In the audit, we identified non-conformances linked to the following circumstances:
In addition, we have noted a potential for improvement in the following areas:
We also noted several positive elements in the way in which CoP follows up the working environment. These include:
It was noted during the audit that the employees on CoP's facilities regard insufficient rest and restitution as a significant problem.
To compensate for this, CoP has introduced a requirement for employees to report when they are too tired to work and require additional rest.
In this context, the safety delegate pointed out that it is difficult for people to make use of this opportunity to rest during scheduled working hours.
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