SfS is a "Forum for Recommended Practice" in a tripartite collaboration within the Petroleum Safety Authority's area of authority, where the participants aim to improve safety and shed light on conditions that affect it.

SfS's goal is to contribute to:
  • Improved safety through reduced risk of personal injury and adverse events
  • Improved health and safety through reduced risk of work-related illness
  • Strengthened trust and cooperation between the players
The goal is to be achieved by:
  • Developing recommended practices in the areas decided by the board
  • Contributing to the harmonization of routines and procedures
  • Contributing to learning and experience transfer through security films, own websites, seminars and other forums
In connection with the updaed mandate in 2020, the participating organizations again agreed to support and provide the necessary resources for the execution of the work.The mandate was signed by the following persons:
Hege-Merethe Bengtsson - Direktør, De Samarbeidende Organisasjoner
Jørn-Henning Eggum - Forbundsleder, Fellesforbundet
Frode Alfheim - Forbundsleder, Industri Energi
Geir Gule - Styreleder, Korrosjons-, Isolerings- og Stillas- Entreprenørenes Forening
Hans - Christian Gabrielsen - Landsorganisasjonen i Norge
Audun Ingvartsen - Forbundsleder, Lederne
Harald Solberg - Administrerende Direktør, Norges Rederiforbund
Stein Lier-Hansen - Administrerende Direktør, Norsk Industri
Karl Eirik Schjøtt-Pedersen - Direktør, Norsk olje og gass
Hilde-Marit Rysst - Leder, SAFE
Anne Myhrvold - Direktør Petroleumstilsynet

Background and history
All players in the petroleum industry have a common goal of no harm to people or the environment.
At the turn of the year 2000/2001, the project Working together for Safety (SfS) was established as a forum to identify best practices and work for harmonization.
The overall goal is to improve health and safety in the petroleum industry.

All organizations participating in SfS are represented in the steering committee. The head of the steering group sits for two years at a time and the employer and employee organizations alternate on appointing the leader. All members of the Board of Directors undertake to contribute actively on behalf of their own organization and to anchor and inform about the work of SfS. The representative on the board may have a deputy.

The prioritized tasks are carried out in reduced working groups who report to the board. The members of the Board of Directors as well as participants in working groups cover their own expenses. Joint expenses are covered by the employers' organizations according to a unified distribution key and within an approved budget.

The work of SfS will cover all activities on plants, vessels, offices and facilities within the petroleum activities.

Working methods
The work in SfS is based on the participants having a common understanding of reality and the tasks are prioritized based on this.

The steering group in SfS shall have an annual strategy meeting. To ensure dynamism and proper focus, objectives, working methods and participation must be assessed at least every two years.

The working groups are composed so that specialist specialists and users prepare a unified product. It is important that the Working Groups receive follow-up and assistance through their sponsor should they request it.

SfS shall ensure that other relevant employee and employer organizations are informed of activities and that resource persons from these are invited to join the working groups. The work will, through collaborative arenas and activities, allow for forward-looking discussions and close follow-up of initiated activities.

The decisions of the Steering Group in SfS are made by reaching consensus.