The regulations and the supervisory system are designed to help enhance the awareness of the companies that they bear total responsibility for operating acceptably.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.