Excerpt from the NPD's letter to Statoil dated 14 October 2003 (unofficial translation):
Order following audit directed towards reporting of personal injuries on Gullfaks and Åsgard
Reference is made to our notification of order of 19 December 2002, report of 19 December 2002, e-mail of 30 January 2003 and letters of 11 June 2003 and 30 June 2003, and your replies dated 11 February 2003, 3 April 2003, 9 May 2003, 16 June 2003 and 30 July 2003.
We have not received any new information that changes our view of the case, and we maintain that the guidelines to Section 13 of the Information Duty Regulations are an amplification of the regulatory requirement.
As you know the guidelines state "Accidents that require medical treatment mean personal injuries that require treatment or examination by a medical practitioner, or where the treatment is carried out under the guidance of a medical practitioner, such as minor surgery, stitching of wounds or use of prescription medicine."
Anaesthetic for the eyes is subject to a prescription, and the injury must therefore be classified as medical treatment.
As notified, we therefore issue the following order:
Pursuant to Section 13 of the Information Duty Regulations and the direct amplification of the regulatory requirement in the guidelines to Section 13, Statoil ASA is ordered to change its practice for classification of personal injuries so that it complies with the regulatory requirements. See Item 6.1 in the audit report of 19 December 2002.
The deadline for complying with the order is 1 January 2004. Please notify us when the order has been complied with.
Contact person in the NPD: Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg