Equinor – Gullfaks A – Management of Working Environment Risk

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 11/17/2022, Location: Europe

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out an audit of Equinor and their management of working environment risk at Gullfaks A. The audit was conducted from 7 February to 7 April 2022.

The objective of the audit was to monitor the systems for managing working environment risk at Gullfaks A. We particularly wanted to examine how the management at different organisational levels in Equinor assumed their responsibilities and provided framework conditions for enabling the contractors to identify and manage working environment risk.

The audit identified eight non-conformities and two improvement points.

The non-conformities concerned:
Management of working hours
Follow-up and recording of working hours
Non-conformity handling
Follow-up of drilling contractor
Design of work areas
Noise-related health risk
Health risk from the chemical working environment
Ergonomic factors

The improvement points concerned:
Manning and competence
Analyses of the psychosocial and organisational working environment
Follow-up of previous non-conformities
During the audit, we also verified how Equinor has rectified certain previously identified non-conformities. We found that the following non-conformities had not been addressed in line with the company’s feedback of 20 February 2016:

Non-conformity concerning chemicals-related health risk

What happens now?
We have asked Equinor to report to us by 30 November 2022 on how the non-conformities will be addressed, and for their assessment of the improvement points observed.

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