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§ 80 Communication

It shall be ensured that necessary internal and external notification and communication is safeguarded at all times during installation and operation, and during hazard and accident situations, cf. Sections 18 and 19 of the Facilities Regulations.
A person shall be designated on board to be responsible for the communication systems on manned facilities.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

In order to communicate as mentioned in the first subsection, it should be possible, inter alia, to
  1. provide important information to personnel on the facility during operations and in hazard and accident situations,
  2. communicate important information between personnel in the control centre, personnel engaged in the operation of process facilities, drilling operations and lifting operations,
  3. establish and maintain direct and continuous communication between communication operators, field and platform management, internal and external emergency resources during hazard and accident situations,
  4. provide communication in the event of a coordinated action against acute pollution.
The requirement relating to external communication as mentioned in the first subsection, means that manned facilities shall have 24-hour continuous telecommunications services with monitoring service on VHF channel 70 (DSC) and channel 16. The service can be established on one’s own facility or as a part of a joint solution where several facilities are within a specifically defined area.
In connection with such a solution,
  1. a central communications centre should be established on one of the facilities and an alternative centre should be prepared on one of the other facilities,
  2. the facilities covered by the solution should be covered by mutual VHF radio communication and be organised under the second-line emergency preparedness management,
  3. efficient routines should be established to achieve contact with the facilities when the local radio station is not manned,
  4. the facilities shall have mutual permanent communication systems.
The other facilities covered by this solution should have a communication operator who primarily handles communication tasks in hazard and accident situations.
A person responsible for communications as mentioned in the second subsection, means a person who has a particular responsibility to ensure the professional operation of the facility's radio station and use of the other communication systems at all times.