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§ 14 Manning and competence

The responsible party shall ensure sufficient manning and competence in all phases of the activities, cf. Section 12 of the Framework Regulations.
Minimum requirements will be established for manning and competence to safeguard functions
  1. where mistakes may have serious consequences for health, safety or the environment,
  2. that reduce the likelihood of mistakes and hazard and accident situations developing, cf. Sections 4 and 13.
The manning of the various work tasks shall ensure that the personnel are not assigned incompatible tasks.
The assumptions that form the basis for manning and competence shall be followed up.
In the event of manning changes, potential consequences for health, safety and the environment shall be reviewed.
This section's requirements for manning apply to the onshore facilities insofar as they are covered by the scope of the Petroleum Act.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

Competence as mentioned in the first subsection, includes both individual competence and group competence, including professional competence, systemic knowledge, and health, safety and environment competence, see also Section 21 of the Activities Regulations and Section 50 of the Technical and Operational Regulations.
The requirement for manning and competence applies both to project and operations organisations, and entails that manning shall be sufficient to safeguard e.g. activity peaks, operational interruptions and hazard and accident situations. The manning shall also be sufficient to cover absence, including absence due to illness, absence of key personnel, and absence as a consequence of tasks carried out by the elected safety delegate service, cf. the Regulations of 6 December 2011 relating to organisation, management and participation.
When stipulating the minimum requirement as mentioned in the second subsection, consideration should be given e.g. to the need for mutual transfer of experience, consultation, review and relief.
Incompatible tasks as mentioned in the third subsection, can be tasks that shall be carried out at the same time as there is an operational interruption, or a hazard and accident situation.
The requirement to review consequences as mentioned in the fifth subsection, applies e.g. in connection with changes in work form and distribution of tasks, including between the onshore and offshore organisations, or in connection with stipulating manning in new or renegotiated contracts with contractors, cf. Section 18 of the Framework Regulations.