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Audit of emergency preparedness on Brage

Audit: The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) carried out an audit of StatoilHydro at the Brage facility during the period 18-20 June 2008. The audit was aimed at the emergency preparedness discipline, including health-related and medical preparedness, and was carried out in cooperation with the Norwegian Board of Health in Rogaland (Htil). We identified, among other things, one non-conformity in relation to regulatory requirements.


The audit emphasized emergency preparedness control and management of emergency response, the organization of the emergency preparedness, maintenance of emergency equipment, the facility's means of evacuation, competence relating to emergency preparedness functions, and the health-related and emergency medical preparedness and competence on board Brage.

In addition, the audit included integrated operations (IO) relating to facilitation and handling of emergency preparedness in connection with the interaction between the offshore and the onshore organizations.

Brage 

Brage
Brage (facility pictured) is an oilfield east of Oseberg in the northern North Sea, at a sea depth of 140 metres. Brage has been developed with a fixed production, drilling and living quarters facility with a steel jacket. 

Background for the audit
The audit was a planned activity in accordance with the PSA's audit schedule for 2008. The audit was based on Chapters III-IV of the Facilities Regulations relating to emergency preparedness, Chapters VI-II of the Activities Regulations relating to competence and Chapter XI relating to emergency preparedness.

Based on a risk assessment, Htil has planned audits which include health-related emergency preparedness in 2008.

Purpose of the audit
The purpose of the audit was to verify that StatoilHydro safeguards emergency preparedness factors at the Brage facility according to regulatory requirements.

This includes organization of emergency preparedness, and the emergency response organization itself, including area emergency preparedness, maintenance of emergency equipment, means of evacuation, maintenance of the personnel's competence related to the emergency preparedness functions they perform, and the health-related and emergency medical preparedness and competence at the Brage facility.

In addition, the audit included integrated operations (IO) relating to facilitation and handling of emergency preparedness in connection with the interaction between the offshore and the onshore organizations. 

Result of the audit
The audit revealed one nonconformity in relation to the regulatory requirements and several potential improvements. The main impression from the audit is that there is room for improvement of several technical and operative aspects in relation to the safeguarding of the emergency preparedness on Brage.

Nonconformity:

  • Deficient safety signposting and labelling in the outdoor area

Potential improvements:

  • Deficient knowledge of the Troll-Oseberg area emergency preparedness resources among emergency response personnel on Brage.
  • Deficient participation in area emergency preparedness drills.
  • Deficient MOB emergency preparedness.
  • Deficient knowledge of own role and tasks in the emergency preparedness organization.
  • Deficient training of lifeboat teams on board Brage.
  • Deficient involvement of physician on duty during incidents.
  • Deficient system for safeguarding the response team's qualifications.
  • Deficient procedure for ensuring that correct treatment is administered in a situation with fire combined with inhalation injury*.

* Inhalation injury
Occurs through inhalation of smoke (usually fire smoke) which causes inflammation changes in the lungs with subsequent lung failure.
(Reference: Folke Sjöberg and Leif Östrup. Brännskador (fire injuries). Liber, Stockholm, 2002)