Norway’s offshore safety watchdog has found a number of issues in relation to Aker BP’s operations in the Alvheim field, close to the UK North Sea border.
An audit of the firm’s management of risk factors was carried out earlier this year and brought to light five “non-conformities”.
They concerned the management of the working environment, work-related musculo-skeletal disorders, noise exposure harmful to hearing, benzene exposure and information and training in occupational health and safety.
An additional improvement point related to the employer’s duties toward employees other than its own.
The audit also showed that changes resulting from the integration process at Aker BP have provisionally had “limited influence” on the Alvheim floating production and storage offloading vessel.
Various arenas have been established in the Alvheim operating organisation in which HSE matters are discussed and in which the safety delegate service also participated.
The Petroleum Safety Authority said inspectors had gained an impression that both management and the safety delegate service were focused on improving employee participation.
Aker BP has been asked to report on how the non-conformities will be addressed by December 1.
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