The pressure on the industry means that companies are seeking new solutions. This can mean simplification and reduced costs, but may also contribute to greater uncertainty and reduced robustness.
Questions which need to be addressed include:
- will the new solutions be sufficiently robust to cope with tomorrow’s challenges?
- can the industry manage to strengthen safety when cost cuts, downsizing and efficiency dominate?
The sector has experienced major changes. Over the past year, we have registered a large number of serious incidents as well as weaker HSE results.
What the industry now needs to do is to pay greater attention to robustness in order to be able to handle changed preconditions and near misses.
Robust solutions mean that the companies must be certain they always have the safety margins which allow them to deal with unforeseen incidents.
Robustness helps to ensure that hazardous conditions are identified and managed effectively, with sufficient time and resources available.
Requirements for robust solutions apply to technology, capacity, expertise, organisation and management. They cover all phases of a facility’s working life, from newer installations and operating concepts to facilities and plants in the late phase.
Many of the preconditions for good follow-up of robustness, both with technical solutions and with organisation of work, are determined by the relevant contract.
This makes it important that the people who work with such agreements are fully aware of what robustness involves.
We follow up the industry’s work on robust solutions as part of our planned supervisory activities directed at:
- overall systems and management
- verification at the sharp end in order to see how the company is specifically ensuring the robustness of technical facilities
- how the organisation is structured to achieve robust planning.
We also check that the companies are developing operating parameters in their contracts which ensure safe operation and robust solutions.
Verifications, audits and projects provide information on which changes could reduce robustness and thereby weaken results in the safety and working environment areas.
The goal is to ensure that the players themselves identify negative trends and choose solutions which provide sufficient robustness, and that the business is organised in a way which reduces risk in both short and long terms.
means rock-solid, compact, strong and hard-wearing – something physically and mentally resistant, durable and lasting. Robust is something which withstands wind, weather and the ravages of time, and which copes with change and the unforeseen. Robust is a suitable word to describe the requirements facing the Norwegian petroleum industry.