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Audit of the working environment on Safe Scandinavia

On 11 May 2004, we conducted a verification of the physical/technical working environment conditions on board the flotel Safe Scandinavia while the installation was at the quayside (Hanøytangen) for an upgrade.

Photo: Prosafe

Safe Scandinavia

Background for the audit

On 20 April 2004, Statoil ASA applied for consent to use the Safe Scandinavia as a flotel on Sleipner. This audit activity is part of our processing of this application.

Purpose of the audit

The purpose of the activity was to verify whether selected physical/technical working environment conditions on Safe Scandinavia conform with the provisions of the regulations.

Result of the audit

It is our impression that the Safe Scandinavia will largely be able to offer good living, rest and accommodation facilities to personnel who are to work on the Sleipner modification activities.

As regards the catering and maritime personnel on board, focus was aimed at specific working environment factors where there was room for further improvement.

This applies particularly to ergonomic factors related to PC/office workstations, providing for easy cleaning of toilets in changing rooms and access to the crane cabins for the deck cranes on board.

Moreover, lighting values were measured in several areas that were substandard in relation to regulatory requirements, as well as noise levels that were higher than the prescribed regulatory limit values.

During our visit, neither Statoil nor Prosafe could confirm that these conditions had been improved so that they were no longer in non-conformance with the regulations.

There have been no applications for exceptions with regard to noise and lighting conditions.

No reports could be presented showing that all areas of the installation had been subjected to the relevant working environment surveys pursuant to regulatory requirements, cf. Section 17 of the Management Regulations.

For example, there was no overview showing noise for all areas, such as workshops, engine rooms, cranes, storage areas, offices and noise exposure data showing what catering and maritime personnel on the installation were exposed to during the course of a 12-hour shift.

In our opinion, there is a need for greater attention to reduce noise in areas on the installations, such as the galley and washing-up area.

Measures designed to increase awareness regarding exposure in noise areas and practical measures to reduce the time spent in areas with harmful noise levels (e.g. the main engine areas) should also be implemented.

Contact person in the PSA:
Mike Theiss