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Broad follow-up of groups exposed to risk

The Petroleum Safety Authority carries out audits of how the largest operators and selected contractors identify and follow up employee groups which may be especially exposed to risk.


On Wednesday 7 November, the PSA held a start-up meeting with the selected operating companies and contractors who have a contractual relation to them.

Up to the spring of 2008, the PSA will follow up how the various participants in the audit systematically work to identify groups which may be exposed to risk, and in which manner the players implement overall assessments and risk-reducing measures.

The purpose is to increase knowledge about who may be especially exposed to risk in order to direct the preventive effort towards the groups where the need and effect are greatest.

Need for attention
The background for the audit is the need to follow up requirements for management of working environment risk, as referred to in Storting Report No. 12 (2005-2006). The HSE Report draws special attention to the need for follow-up of groups exposed to risk in an industry with a complex player situation, and where the attention given to health problems and exclusion is growing.

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has different experiences from audits of the companies' systematic follow-up of health and working environment risk. The PSA sees a clear need for a unified risk picture of work-related injuries and illness for various employee groups.

In this regard, the framework conditions for health, environment and safety in contracts between operators and suppliers/contractors are of great significance.

The audit will be directed at the industry's own work to identify and follow up groups exposed to risk. Key issues will be:

  • on which basis and by which methods do the players form a picture of who are most exposed to risk
  • which common characteristics do these groups have, and in which work operations is the individual group involved
  • which exposure and risk factors are typical for the group, and how can the overall risk situation be described
  • which framework conditions does the group work under, and how do they influence risk and the handling of risk

Evaluate the activities
The purpose of follow-up is to evaluate the companies' systematic activities to identify and follow up groups in their own activities which may be exposed to risk. The PSA will also evaluate the cooperation between operators and contractors.

The result shall contribute to increased knowledge of groups exposed to risk, so that the players in the petroleum activities can direct their efforts towards those groups where the need and effect are greatest.

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