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The 2010 Contractor Seminar: Groups exposed to risk and maintenance management

The 2010 Contractor Seminar attracted wide participation from both contractors and other parts of the industry. The topic of the seminar was groups exposed to risk and maintenance management on the part of well service contractors, where follow-up experiences were shared with the industry.


Semsudin Leto, audit coordinator in the PSA, opened the seminar by explaining the PSA's choice of focus areas for the current year and in which areas the PSA is directing attention toward the contractor segment. He focused especially on the areas of management and major accident risk, learning from incidents, maintenance management on the part of well service companies and groups exposed to risk.

Different exposure to risk
In her presentation on groups exposed to risk, contact person Irene B. Dahle summarised the observations and lessons from a series of audit activities within the area. She referenced surveys documenting the different risk exposure between groups of contractor employees and other offshore workers.

Observations have been made through audits, indicating that contractor groups are consistently exposed to more risk factors in their working environment and that the exposure is higher than for operator groups. The management elements intended to contribute to ensuring a completely safe working environment are also significantly weaker in contractor groups than in operator groups. Framework conditions such as contractual factors, financial conditions and work organisation can influence the contractors' ability to reduce risk and there appears to be little awareness surrounding the importance of framework conditions for a group's risk.

What we can learn
Wenche Svingen from ExxonMobil and Vilde Aabrek from AAK focused in their joint presentation on increased awareness surrounding health hazards in all phases and cooperation within the area of rope access as potential learning areas following the supervisory activity.

Kari Svendsbø, Aibel and Ken Ekeroth, from Norisol, emphasised in their presentation that audits directed toward scaffolders have contributed for example to improving internal processes, and focused attention on risk-reducing measures for exposed groups. They called for initiatives on how to change or improve challenging framework conditions, for example topics within cooperation forums, seminars, sharing experience etc.

Health risk assessment
Knut Grove from the Kokstad company health service gave an account of the system the company uses for health risk assessments. He pointed out the usefulness for the customer, in addition to regulatory requirements, as motivation factors for performing the assessment.

The health risk assessment can contribute to reducing absence due to illness, it can promote employee health, so that work-related illness and injuries are avoided, and can also stimulate increased productivity and creativity.

Experience-based
Hilde-Karin Østnes of the PSA emphasised in her contribution the main impressions following a series of audits relating to maintenance management on the part of well service contractors. She referenced observations such as the fact that the maintenance is traditional and experience-based. It is carried out by skilled personnel familiar with the equipment.

The maintenance programs are not based on classification as required in the regulations. The well service contractors have mainly considered their contracts with the operators and internal company requirements.

Improvement work
Rune Aarstad from Schlumberger, informed everyone about the initiated improvement work following supervisory activities.

He pointed out, for example, the importance of regulatory understanding, the need for acquiring external technical expertise, coordination of maintenance activities as well as a proactive approach to the authorities' audit activities as potential learning areas.

The presentations from the seminar (In Norwegian) can be found in the column on the right.

Contact in the PSA
Semsudin Leto, audit coordinator
Email: semsudin.Leto@ptil.no