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Audit of emergency preparedness on Brage

29 August 2008

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has carried out an audit of StatoilHydro at the Brage facility to check on the emergency preparedness discipline, including health-related and medical preparedness, and was carried out in co-operation with the Norwegian Board of Health in Rogaland (Htil). The PSA identified, among other things, one non-conformity of deficient safety signposting and labelling in the outdoor area, in relation to regulatory requirements.

Audit of emergency preparedness on Brage
Audit of emergency preparedness on Brage

The audit emphasised emergency preparedness control and management of emergency response, the organisation of the emergency preparedness, maintenance of emergency equipment, the facility's means of evacuation, competence relating to emergency preparedness functions, and the health-related and emergency medical preparedness and competence on board Brage.

In addition, the audit included integrated operations (IO) relating to facilitation and handling of emergency preparedness in connection with the interaction between the offshore and the onshore organisations.
The main impression from the audit is that there is room for improvement of several technical and operative aspects in relation to the safeguarding of the emergency preparedness. Areas for improvement included: knowledge of the Troll-Oseberg area emergency preparedness resources among emergency response personnel; participation in area emergency preparedness drills; MOB emergency preparedness; knowledge of own role and tasks in the emergency preparedness organisation; training of lifeboat teams; involvement of physician on duty during incidents; system for safeguarding the response team's qualifications and procedure for ensuring that correct treatment is administered in a situation with fire combined with inhalation injury.

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