The audit included meetings, interviews, verifications in selected areas of the Mongstad facility (see photo), as well as a review of documents.
Background for the audit
This audit was the first of its type to specifically target the working environment at a land facility since the regulatory responsibility was transferred from the Directorate of Labour Inspection to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) in 2004.
The background for the audit was to obtain insight into and overview of working environment challenges and the players' ability to manage working environment factors at a land facility.
The formal basis for implementing the audit activity is found in the following regulations:
Temporary regulations relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems (temporary regulations).
Regulations relating to systematic health, environment and safety work in enterprises (the Internal Control Regulations) which apply to Mongstad through the temporary regulations.
The Working Environment Act (WEA) and relevant regulations issued by the Directorate of Labour Inspection which apply to Mongstad through the temporary regulations.
Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that Statoil's management system is in accordance with the working environment requirements in the regulations as well as internal governing documents, and further that the system is complied with.
During the review of the management systems and subsequent follow-up, focus areas included various elements of the management loop for HSE factors, such as establishing requirements, mapping, risk assessment, competence, follow-up of measures and how nonconformities are dealt with.
Result of the audit
Significant weaknesses were noted in Statoil Mongstad's management systems and practices for following up working environment factors. The company does not have sufficient overview or control over risk factors in the working environment.
Nonconformities were noted in relation to the following:
Incomplete formulation of objectives as regards the working environment.
Deficient overview and knowledge of regulatory requirements related to the working environment.
Deficient mapping and risk assessment of working environment factors.
Deficient competence and capacity to follow-up working environment factors.
Deficient procedure for handling nonconformities and exceptions in relation to regulatory requirements.
Internal controls do not adequately ensure compliance with requirements in the working environment legislation.
The Working Environment Committee (AMU) is not organized in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Deficient safety measures in connection with work in the coke plant.
The PSA has also noted factors where there is a potential for improvement as regards follow-up of incidents.
On this basis, we have issued the following notification of order to Statoil Mongstad:
Pursuant to the temporary regulations of 19 December 2003 relating to safety and working environment for certain petroleum facilities on land and associated pipeline systems, Section 4, first subsection, cf. Sections 10 and 11 relating to management systems, as well as Section 51 relating to administrative decisions, notification is hereby given of the following order:
Statoil Mongstad is ordered to review its system for managing the working environment for its own and contractor employees, including:
Ensure accessibility to and overview of current requirements and ensure precise allocation of responsibility for this, cf. Regulations of 6 December 1996 relating to systematic health, environment and safety work in enterprises (the Internal Control Regulations), Section 5, Item 1 on overview, etc. of requirements and Item 5, cf. Item 5.1.2 in the report.
Implement fundamental and qualified mapping and risk assessment of working environment conditions at the facility and establish procedures for such follow-up, cf. the Internal Control Regulations, Section 5, Item 6 relating to mapping, cf. Item 5.1.3 in the report.
Ensure that there is sufficient competence and capacity to carry out the necessary mapping, risk assessment and follow-up of working environment factors, cf. Section 14 h of the Working Environment Act and Section 5, Item 2 of the Internal Control Regulations, cf. Item 5.1.4 in the report.
Ensure sufficient systematic measures for identification, risk assessment and handling of nonconformities in relation to regulatory requirements and internal requirements established for the purpose of fulfilling these, cf. Section 5, Item 7 of the Internal Control Regulations relating to breach of requirements, cf. Item 5.15 in the report.
Review procedures and practices for implementing and following up internal audits in Statoil Mongstad, cf. Section 5, Item 8 of the Internal Control Regulations, cf. Item 5.1.6 of the report.
The deadline for developing plans for compliance with this order is set at three weeks after the order is issued.
These plans, including a description of measures and implementation deadlines, shall be sent to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway.
The PSA must be notified when the order has been carried out.
Contact in the PSA:
Inger Anda, press spokeswoman
Tel.: +47 970 54 064