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Notification of order to BP Norge AS - safety marking on Ula

During the period 16-18 April 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit of emergency preparedness on Ula. We identified nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements in that the safety marking was very inadequate in large parts of the outdoor area on Ula, which covers the three facilities Q, D and P.

The findings describe observations of inadequate marking of escape routes, some safety signs were missing and some were illegible; and also that the markings on equipment lockers at fire stations, fire fighting equipment and other safety equipment were very faded and lacked visible inscriptions regarding content and function.

We have therefore issued the following notification of order to BP:

Pursuant to Section 58 of the Framework Regulations relating to individual decisions, Section 22 of the Management Regulations relating to improvement, cf. Section 68 of the Activities Regulations relating to handling of hazard and accident situations, Section 42 of the Activities Regulations relating to maintenance and Section 27 of the Facilities Regulations relating to safety signs, cf. Norsok S-001N, Item 6.3 relating to escape routes; BP Norge AS is ordered to:

  1.  Mark escape routes in a visible manner in accordance with requirements. This relates to 
     yellow paint on plate and grating decks, including stairs.
  2. Mark equipment locker for fire and safety equipment in a visible manner in accordance with requirements.
  3. Install and maintain safety signposting in accordance with requirements.

The Ula facility was built according to the 1983 regulations, when the requirements for safety marking were approximately the same as today.  Therefore, we believe that it is relevant to refer to the current regulations.
The deadline for complying with the order is set at 1 August 2008.  The PSA must be notified when the order has been carried out.

We have asked the company to send us any comments it may have regarding the notification within three weeks from receipt of this letter.

We have issued the notification of order prior to completion of the audit report.