The audit was conducted from 2 to 9 September 2021.
The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway seeks to monitor that the industry, both as a whole and individually, promotes a professional and safe working environment that ensures wholly satisfactory working conditions for the individual.
In this audit, our intention was to examine how Aker BP manages working environment risk that may harm health and increase the likelihood of errors that may cause hazard and accident situations to arise.
We looked at the organisational and psychosocial working environment, chemical and noise exposure, and factors that contribute to an increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders. We also investigated how Aker BP facilitates employee participation through the safety service and working environment committee.
In addition, we examined how Aker BP works systematically to prevent sickness absence and dropout from working life in accordance with the Agreement on Inclusive Working Life (the IA Agreement).
The objective of the audit was to verify that Aker BP's systems for managing health risks in the working environment, including capacity, competence and employee participation, comply with the regulatory requirements.
We identified five non-conformities concerning:
- Management and analysis of the working environment
- Non-conformity handling
- Manning and competence
- Working time arrangement for deck personnel
- Working environment committee (AMU)
We also identified three improvement points concerning:
- Employee participation and the working environment committee (AMU)
- Ergonomic risk assessments
- Handheld devices
What happens now?
We have asked Aker BP to report to us by 17 February 2022 on how the non-conformities will be addressed, and to give us their assessment of the improvement points observed.