The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
Employee participation, as a democratic right, is an important principle in Norwegian labour policies. The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s (PSA’s) conference “Power or impotence? Employee participation in the petroleum industry” identified major differences in how participation is practiced.
On Tuesday 2 June 2009, representatives from the petroleum industry and the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) met to clarify roles and responsibilities for licensees and operating companies. The meeting, hosted by the PSA and the Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF), was targeted smaller players on the Norwegian Shelf.
The project “Chemical working environment in the petroleum industry” is hosting a follow-up seminar on the biological monitoring of chemical exposure on Wednesday 4 June. The seminar, to be held at Folkets Hus in Oslo, is one of many activities within the chemical working environment field.
There are indications that the challenges of fireproofing have not changed in recent years. Prevention, fireproofing and the importance of good risk analyses were some of the issues discussed at the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's (PSA’s) fire seminar on 22 April. The importance of independent barriers which retain their functionality in spite of single defects, was also emphasized.
24 April 2009 | Shift schemes, overtime, shared sleeping quarters, exposure time and rest and recovery are all factors which influence our working environment, the general safety and individual health. "The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's objective is to get the parties to incorporate working hours in their HSE assessments as an important framework condition," says Eva Hølmebakk who is giving a speech on the topic at the HSE conference on 5 May.
The risk level in the petroleum industry remains stable according to the Risk level reports for 2008 (RNNP). "The PSA expects visible HSE results from the many on-going improvement projects in the industry," says director Magne Ognedal.
Employers in the petroleum sector must do a better job of facilitating workplaces for persons on sick leave or persons who have reduced functionality. Experience from audits we have carried out shows that the situation is worse for contractor employees than for employees of operating companies.
There were no reported undesirable incidents involving personal injury or near-miss hazardous situations in connection with saturation diving in 2008, according to a report from DSYS, a diving database system used by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA).
Welding, cutting, shearing and grinding involve in part considerable exposure to chemicals. ”It is now important that the industry increases its efforts related to collective and technical barriers – measures that will reduce actual exposure to chemicals during hot work.”
There has been much attention concerning chemical exposure in the petroleum activities in recent years. Hot work, i.e welding, burning, cutting, grinding, etc. may cause high levels of chemical exposure. Personal protective equipment is often the only barrier against exposure.