The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has sent identical letters to operating companies and shipping companies requiring the individual players to carry out evaluations of the use of lifeboats as a means of evacuation, with a view towards necessary measures and implementation schedules. As the winter season will soon be upon us, this work must be prioritised.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has become aware of quality variations in certain pipe components made of duplex steel. We have sent identical letters to the industry warning of this deviation, and have asked all companies to check whether such quality variations occur on their installations and facilities.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has noted a negative trend in the industry's work to achieve safe lifting operations. The PSA has sent identical letters to the industry players emphasising some of the requirements for prudent material handling when using offshore cranes and other lifting appliances, so as to avoid blind zones.
In identical letters to companies that own mobile facilities with conventional lifeboats, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is asking for answers about several factors connected to the use of lifeboats as a means of evacuation.
In 2007 and 2008, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) and the Norwegian Board of Health in Rogaland (NBH-R) have audited the management of cleaning and hygiene as well as working environment conditions for the catering employees in the petroleum activities on the Norwegian shelf. In an identical letter, we have informed relevant players about our findings during the audit.
In identical letters sent to relevant players on the Norwegian shelf, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has suggested re-establishment of the working group on the Acknowledgement of Consent (AoC) scheme. The topics to be evaluated by the group include employee participation in connection with AoC.
During investigation of a serious incident on the mobile drilling facility West Epsilon in which a piece of 30" casing fell down onto the drillers cabin, our findings included the fact that the type of manual elevator used in this incident did not meet the regulatory requirements. We have informed the industry of this in identical letters dated 21 December 2007.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) is concerned with regard to how some companies carry out and use risk analyses. Among other things, we have observed unacceptable use of risk calculations as an argument for setting aside specific requirements in the health, safety and environment legislation - and for selecting solutions that give a poorer level of safety than the established minimum level. In identical letters to the industry, we have pointed out and emphasized the prevailing regulatory requirements.
With a basis in the regulatory requirements, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway will audit the industry's own work to identify and follow up groups exposed to risk. The companies must demonstrate that they have functioning management systems in place which identify, map and follow up risk issues for the groups in question so that the working environment and personnel safety conditions are fully satisfactory.
As part of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway's (PSA) follow-up of industry targets for hydrocarbon leak reduction, we have held status meetings with the industry. We want to continue these meetings to follow up the industry's new reduction targets.