The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
The Norwegian petroleum sector can draw today on a knowledge bank which allows government, industry and unions to reap safety gains. That makes it possible to monitor and infl uence risk level trends throughout the business.
On 25 March, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) Rogaland will hold a seminar about facilitation for employees on sick leave or with reduced work capacity offshore. The seminar is free of charge and held at the PSA's premises.
Principles for managing risk at land-based plants, including the threat of major accidents, were the main topic when 60 people assembled to discuss their experience in this area.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is challenging central technical experts in the petroleum industry to pay more attention to prevention. "We think that much more can be done to prevent accidents that can harm the environment."
The interest in the seminar to be held in the PSA on 11 February has far exceeded our expectations. This shows a commitment to these issues that is gratifying. Unfortunately, interest in the seminar has been so great that we have had to turn away people who wanted to participate. Therefore, we will be setting up a similar seminar this fall.
Norway’s offshore workforce regards today’s emergency preparedness on the NCS as good – and a clear improvement from 10 years ago. The PSA’s inquiries and audits point in the same direction. The robustness of responses to emergencies on the NCS was addressed through a study launched by the PSA during 2008 to look at all aspects of this issue.
A new report for the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway identifies relevant health, safety and environmental concerns associated with large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS).
SINTEF Petroleumforskning's new report on well safety in connection with CO2 injection, commissioned by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA), confirms the need to develop sufficient criteria to measure the strength and endurance of cementing as a barrier in CO2 injection wells.
The industry must make a greater effort to identify groups of employees who are exposed to risk, and to a greater degree focus on how various external conditions - for example, working hours schemes and contractual issues - affect risk.
Lack of knowledge, standards and clear-cut procedures are some of the challenges the petroleum industry is facing as the lifetime of an increasing number of facilities on the Norwegian Shelf is extended. This emerged at a seminar on ageing and lifetime extension organized by the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) on Wednesday, 19 November.