The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
When investigating accidents and serious incidents, the petroleum industry places greater emphasis on human and technological factors than on organisational factors. The consequence could be that the investigation only identifies direct causes, but never finds the real, underlying causes of the accident.
The "Trends in risk level" aims to measure and improve health, safety and environmental conditions in the petroleum activities offshore and at the petroleum facilities on land. Results from 2009 was presented on 22. April 2010. The 2009 summary report is now available in English.
Personnel in the Norwegian petroleum sector regard the climate for health, safety and the environment (HSE) as more positive than it was two years ago. But a marked increase in the number of gas leaks during 2009 shows that the industry must take new steps.
Through two seminars on 7 and 8 April, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) highlighted various challenges related to ageing and lifetime extension. The presentations from the seminars have now been published on the Internet.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway is staging two seminars on ageing and producing life on 7-8 April. The deadline for registration is Friday 26 March.
Over the past few years, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out a project regarding fire protection. The purpose of the project has been to develop a testing method for determining thermal properties of passive fire protection materials. The project report is now completed.
There were no reported undesirable incidents in the form of personal injuries or near-misses in connection with saturation diving in 2009. This emerges from the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's report from the DSYS diving database.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's (PSA's) seminar on operation and inspection of field pipelines revealed varying interpretations of regulatory requirements for internal inspection of pipelines. "It is important that the operating companies achieve a common interpretation of the regulations, to the greatest extent possible, says principal engineer Trond Sundby in the PSA.
A new status report summarises the knowledge available on bonded flexible pipes. The study was carried out after the rupture in the offloading hose on Statfjord A in December 2007.
The safety culture of a facility affects the number of hydrocarbon leaks as well as the noise level. This is one of the conclusions in a research project which has been conducted with data from the Risk Level Project (RNNP) during the period 2003 - 2008.