The PSA cannot see that ConocoPhillips has documented that personnel receive the necessary rest and restitution when they share cabins and are to sleep at the same time. We are aware that Ekofisk and Eldfisk are facing different challenges and that different solutions may be required for the two fields.
Research has documented a connection between lack of sleep, the scope of errors and accident frequency. The PSA understands that CoPNo agrees with the conclusion of the above-mentioned research. However, CoPNo claims that their personnel are assured sufficient rest and restitution, even with a large degree of shared sleeping quarters.
In this context, we refer to the results of a questionnaire in the project "Trends in Risk Levels on the Norwegian Shelf". This survey shows a connection between how well-rested an employee is in the work situation and the degree of shared sleeping quarters. We cannot see that CoPNo has documented that the opposite is the case on their installations.
We have also seen a marked increase in the number of undesirable incidents on Eldfisk as the activity level has risen. In light of the above, we propose that CoPNo evaluate the causes of this increase in undesirable incidents, and whether this could be linked to factors related to rest and restitution.
Our conclusion is that CoPNo is not operating in compliance with the regulatory requirements for rest and restitution on the installations where there is a high degree of shared sleeping quarters, cf. Section 31 of the Activities Regulations relating to arrangement of work.
The following order is issued in concurrence with the notification:
Pursuant to Section 31 of the Activities Regulations relating to arrangement of work and Section 9 of the Management Regulations relating to planning, ConocoPhillips Norge is hereby ordered to develop plans with milestones for implementation of measures to ensure that the requirements for necessary rest and restitution are safeguarded in a prudent manner.
This is based on the anticipated activity level on all permanent and mobile installations.
Separate plans must be prepared for Ekofisk and Eldfisk.
The plans shall describe the measures with binding implementation dates. The plans shall be submitted to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway by 1 October 2004.
Until permanent measures are implemented, temporary measures must be put in place to safeguard the requirements for rest and restitution.
If the temporary measures are not fully satisfactory, the company must apply for exemptions, cf. Section 59 of the Framework Regulations relating to exemptions. Plans for implementation of the temporary measures shall be submitted to the PSA by 1 October 2004. The PSA must be informed of any subsequent changes in the plans.
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