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Audit of emergency preparedness at Sleipner

During the period 21-23 November 2007, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) conducted an audit on board the Sleipner A, R and T facilities. The activity was aimed at the technical area of emergency preparedness, with emphasis on the facilities' means of evacuation, emergency preparedness organization, emergency preparedness equipment and the competence of the personnel in relation to the emergency response functions they perform. Our general impression subsequent to the audit is that emergency preparedness on board Sleipner A, R and T is handled in a satisfactory manner.


The audit was implemented by means of document reviews, interviews, conversations and verifications.

Background for the audit
Notice of the audit was given on 15 October 2007 as a planned activity under the PSA's audit plan for 2007.

The audit was mainly based on the Activities Regulations, Chapter VI-II relating to competence and Chapter XI relating to emergency preparedness.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that StatoilHydro manages emergency preparedness factors on Sleipner A, R and T in accordance with regulatory requirements, including organization and safeguarding of its own emergency preparedness organization, means of evacuation, maintenance of emergency preparedness equipment and maintenance of the personnel's competence in relation to the emergency response functions they perform.

Result of the audit
We did not identify any factors during the audit that would lead to a notification of order. Five improvement items were identified within

  • signposting and labelling,

  • performance requirements for emergency preparedness,

  • procedures when the nurse is absent,

  • number of life jackets at the muster stations,

  • coordinated training with SAR helicopter.

An emergency preparedness exercise was conducted during our stay on Sleipner. We have no further comments other than those made by the PSA in the post-exercise summary.

Otherwise, our general impression subsequent to the audit is that the emergency preparedness on board Sleipner A, R and T is handled in a satisfactory manner, but that there is room for certain improvements.

Contact person in the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway:
Mike Theiss