No activity can be conducted without risk, but this risk can be managed. Our job is help ensure that petroleum operations are pursued in an integrated, managed and acceptable manner.
Personnel in the Norwegian petroleum sector regard the climate for health, safety and the environment (HSE) as more positive than it was two years ago. But a marked increase in the number of gas leaks during 2009 shows that the industry must take new steps.
The risk of becoming injured, ill and excluded from working life is unevenly distributed. Better follow-up of groups exposed to risks may result in lower absence due to illness and prevent exclusion.
Selected barrier data related to processing, wells and structural integrity are provided in the PSA’s annual trends in risk level in the petroleum activity (RNNP) survey.
The safety culture of a facility affects the number of hydrocarbon leaks as well as the noise level. This is one of the conclusions in a research project which has been conducted with data from the Risk Level Project (RNNP) during the period 2003 - 2008.
The "Trends in risk level" aims to measure and improve health, safety and environmental conditions in the petroleum activities offshore and at the petroleum facilities on land. Results from 2008 was presented on 23. April 2009. The 2008 summary report is now available in English.
The risk level in the petroleum industry remains stable according to the Risk level reports for 2008 (RNNP). "The PSA expects visible HSE results from the many on-going improvement projects in the industry," says director Magne Ognedal.
The 2008 results from the Risk level in the petroleum activity (RNNP) project will be presented.
The Norwegian petroleum sector can draw today on a knowledge bank which allows government, industry and unions to reap safety gains. That makes it possible to monitor and infl uence risk level trends throughout the business.
Pumps, compressors and turbines are noisy beasts, and some 350 occupational hearing injuries are reported to the PSA every year. If this fi gure is to be reduced, the industry must do more to quieten things down – and give less weight to ear protectors.
The industry must make a greater effort to identify groups of employees who are exposed to risk, and to a greater degree focus on how various external conditions - for example, working hours schemes and contractual issues - affect risk.