Background for the audit
The employee organizations have in recent years drawn attention to the fact that planning for use of overtime has been increasing.
Storting White Paper No. 7 (2001-2002) on health, safety and the environment in the petroleum activities addresses the working hours issue and concludes inter alia that unjustifiably long work periods entail a safety risk.
The requirements that govern the ratio of rest and working hours, requirements for facilitating good restitution and requirements with regard to the extent of night work have been clarified in the new regulations, which entered into force on 1 January 2002. The requirements for employee participation have also been emphasized in the new regulations.
Since 2001 the NPD has registered a major reduction in the number of reported personal injuries. In 2002 the NPD conducted supervision of central operators on the shelf to find the cause of the major reduction. The NPD has continued this work in 2003.
Purpose of the audit
The objective of the supervision was to follow up compliance with the provisions relating to working hours, facilitating necessary restitution and rest, employee participation, and notification and reporting of personal injuries with regard to the following distribution of responsibility:
· The operator's follow-up of the shipping company, plus planning and implementation of well service activities with regard to sufficient manning.
· The shipping company's compliance with the principal enterprise responsibility in relation to the well service company.
· Selected well service companies' compliance with the employer's responsibility.
· The operator's compliance with requirements for notification of serious and acute accidents and reporting of personal injuries.
Result of the audit
The companies have systems for observing the provisions relating to working hours.
Odfjell personnel normally sleep alone, but third party personnel must to a greater extent share cabins with other on the same shift.
It has been difficult to implement good arrangements for employee participation for well service personnel, and a safety delegate arrangement for Swaco personnel has not been established. Nor are the well service companies and their employees represented in a joint local working environment committee (FS-AMU).
Marathon uses Odfjell's procedures for notification and reporting of personal injuries. The NPD has no comments on the system for reporting personal injuries.
Marathon, however, lacks a procedure for notification of serious personal injuries.