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Notification of hazard and accident situations

The operator must ensure immediate and coordinated notification of hazard and accident situations to the authorities.


Telephone:+ 47  51 87 32 00

Fax: + 47 51 87 60 80

E-mail: varsling@ptil.no

 

What is subject to mandatory notification? 
We must be notified by telephone of incidents which have led to, or under slightly altered circumstances could have led to

  • serious or acute injury
  • acute life-threatening illness
  • serious weakening or failure of safety functions or other barriers, so that the facility's integrity is at risk
  • acute pollution.

The notification must be confirmed in writing.

If the incidents as mentioned above are of a less serious or less acute nature, the operating company must give individual written notification to us on the first working day after the situation took place or was discovered.

Our follow-up
Depending on the seriousness, we follow up hazard and accident situations within our area of authority. Our audit may be carried out in the form of our own independent investigation, follow-up of the operator's system for following up incidents or through case handling of the operating companies' investigation reports submitted upon request from us.

We have set up an emergency preparedness arrangement which ensures that the Authority is notified of any hazard or accident situations and can notify other involved authorities according to established agreements.

Requirements for own investigations
According to the regulations, the responsible party (operating company, contractor or employer) has a responsibility to investigate defined incidents and accidents in its own activities.

  • Requirements related to the employer's recording of injuries and illnesses emerge from Section 20 of the Working Environment Act (AML).
  • Requirements related to recording and investigating incidents also emerge from Section 19 of the Management. Regulations relating to recording, which entails that the responsible party must carry out examination and investigation of hazard and accident situations.

The recording duty according to the Management Regulations thus exceeds the requirements of the Working Environment Act. In addition to the requirement for recording incidents, this provision also requires the examination and investigation of all incidents by the ”the responsible party”.