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An accident that is merely a nuisance in a normal work environment, can represent a major problem at Jan Mayen field site.

HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) information for the 2018 Jan Mayen project must be in English, due to english speaking participants.

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We will work here: Sensor site JNE/Ulla. Link to image source. Click to enlarge.

2 WORK SITES: JNE/Ulla, JNW/Liberg and JMIC/Monitorhytta

2.1 Map

We will work at these sites: JNE/Ulla, JNW/Liberg and JMIC/Monitorhytta. Map source. Click to enlarge.

2.2 Task description

Site Tasks
JNE / Ulla
  1. Install wind generator (Superwind model 353) in mast, and solar panel on cabin side.
  2. Install telemetry system (WLAN 2.4 GHz). Antenna (mfr: SmartEQ, model: VP270/24) is of panel type that will be attached to Ø50mm stainless steel tube, which is fastened to mast.
  3. Install new sensor (mfr: Nanometrics, model Trillium 120QA) and digitizer (mfr: Nanometrics, model Centaur) in existing sensor pit, including GPS antenna on short pole adjacent to pit.
  4. Dig cable trenches (shallow) and lay down cable conduits and cables, terminate.
  5. Install new regulators for wind generators and solar panel.
  6. Install geodetic GNSS antenna on short bolt, on outcrop just behind instrument cabin, and GNSS receiver inside instrument cabin. This is a temporary installation, for one year - proper mast installed in 2019 - provided Governor of Nordland gives permission - ref rules for Jan Mayen Nature Reserve Zone (only in NO) - application is sent.
JNW / Liberg Identical to task list for JNE / Ulla, adding installation of Ethernet Extenders and DC/DC-converters, since sensor pit is 1 km from instrument cabin. (In 2019 we hope to install new sensor pit adjacent to instrument cabin).
JMIC / Monitorhytta
  1. Maintenance / service of SO2 optical sensor (Icelandic Meteorological Office project).
  2. Install WLAN telemetry equipment, that will act as access point for JNE and JNW (there is direct line-of-sight to both). Antenna (mfr: SmartEQ, model: VP270/24) is of panel type with 70 degrees azimuth -3dB bandwidth.


We have to go though all work activities and identify where there is risk of injury and how to avoid accidents from happening, and how to mitigate injuries, should they happen. This is a procedure called JSA = "Job Safety Analysis" - ref Wikipedia article on this subject.

Most likely injuries are:

  1. Hand or finger cuts from sharp tools or parts.
  2. Parts flying off while working with metal cutting / drilling machines and tools, striking eyes or hands.
  3. Other eye contact with small objects.
  4. Exposure to, or contact with, a harmful substance.



4.1 Temperature conditions, Jan Mayen in August: On average, 5 deg C. Some precipitation can be expected.

Jan Mayen weather statistics. Source.

This means we must be prepared for winter conditions.

4.2 List of clothing

  1. Overall, winter type, with knee protection cushioning.
  2. Rain jacket and - trousers (with adjustable and removable braces).
  3. Cut resistant winter gloves - Mfr: Granberg, model: 116.580 that is rated EN 388:2003 - 4544 (which is excellent) or equivalent. How to measure glove size. See Appendix for information on EN 388:2003 standard (and EN 388:2016), related to cut resistant gloves.
  4. Gloves, waterproof, lined (like this model) - if sizes are given in range 7-12, determine your glove size by measuring around widest part of hand with soft cloth type measure, and give the answer in inches (cm/2.54).



  1. Safety glasses to prevent particulates striking the eyes
  2. Hearing protection
  3. Safety boots, protection against sharp objects (nails) that could be on the ground, or heavy objects falling
  4. Helmets


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One of the sites where we will work: JNE/Ulla. Source:

When installing wind generator and telemetry antennas, we need fall protection equipment.

  1. Body harness
  2. Energy absorbing lanyards


Possible suppliers:



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P/N: 904306: "Førstehjelpskoffert Apotek1". Click for larger version.

  • Supplier: Apotek1
  • Product: P/N: 904306: "Førstehjelpskoffert Apotek1"
  • This product satisfies the The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority's ("Arbeidstilsynets") Recommendation for Stationary Units.
    --- Arbeidstilsynet: Førstehjelpsutstyr NO
  • Content is organized in plastic pockets.
  • The suitcase contains what you need to treat minor and bigger injuries in everyday life.
  • The suitcase is adapted to 20 people as a stationed device in office premises.

English expressions:

  • Dressings: Used to apply pressure to larger wounds and help to stop bleeding.
  • Plasters: Used for small cuts and grazes.
  • Bandages: Used to support joints, hold dressings in place, put pressure on wounds and to stop swelling.
  • Emergency Bandage: A specially designed, first-aid device that is used to stop bleeding. It is an elasticized bandage with a non-adhesive bandage pad sewn in. The bandage has a built-in pressure bar.
  • Sprain, also known as a torn ligament, is damage to one or more ligaments in a joint.
Item Qty Unit Description Description [NO]
[A] Wounds and cuts
1 (10) pcs Wound cleansing wipes Sårvask servietter
2 (20) pcs Band Aid / Adhesive Plasters Plasterstrips
3 (5) pcs Band Aid / Adhesive Plasters 6 x 11cm Skrubbsårplaster 6 x 11cm
4 (7) pcs Dressing 5 x 5cm Plasterkompress 5 x 5cm
5 (5) pcs Dressing 10 x 12cm Plasterkompress 10 x 12cm
6 (2) pcs Dressing 10 x 20cm Plasterkompress 10 x 20cm
7 (4) pcs Emergency Bandage 12cm Enkeltmannspakke 12cm
8 (4) pcs Emergency Bandage 7.5cm Enkeltmannspakke 7,5cm
9 (2) pcs Crêpe rolled bandage 7,5cm x 4m Gasbind 7,5cm x 4m
[B] Eye injuries or irritants
10 (5) pcs Eye wash units Sodium chloride 30ml Øyebadevann Natriumklorid 30ml
[C] Burns
11 (1) pc Burn wounds bandage 10 x 10cm Brannskadebandasje 10 x 10cm
[D] Misc
12 (1) pc Adhesive tape with dispenser Plastertape med dispenser
13 (1) pc Tweezer 8cm + safety pins Pinsett 8cm + Sikkerhetsnåler
14 (1) pc Scissors Saks 18cm
15 (2) pair Gloves Nitrile Hansker Nitril
16 (1) pc Ice Pack (Instant Cold Pack) Ispose
17 (2) pcs Face shield mask Munn til munn maske
18 (2) pcs Triangular bandage Trekanttørkle
19 (1) pc First Aid folder Førstehjelpsfolder
20 (1) pc Wall mounting bracket Veggfeste
21 (1) pc Table of Contents Innholdsfortegnelse


Strictly speaking, catering matters does not belong to HSE section, but we include it here anyway. Since we will likely work long days at remote sites, we should have a warm meal in the afternoon.

We need:

  1. Multi-fuel stove with sufficient number of fuel bottles. Also bring funnel to avoid fuel spillage. What about stone slab as stove foundation?
    These stoves can operate with diesel, gasoline, kerosene (paraffin) - we need to arrange with Jan Mayen base personnel, which type we can use.
  2. Cooking pot to heat 4 x 0.5l = 2 liter of water.
  3. 4 sets of cutlery and drinking cups. Perhaps bowls are not needed, since dried food products shown below are prepared and served directly from bag.
  4. Dried food pre-packaged in field rations.
  5. Water containers. Assuming 1 liter/person/day = 4 liter capacity >> say 5 liter / day.

CALCULATE: How much fuel is required to boil 2 liter of water ?


Item # Description Product alternatives
1 Multifuel stoves
  1. Optimus Polaris Optifuel
  2. Optimus Nova, multi-fuel
  3. MSR Whisperlite Universal Stove
  4. Trangia X2, multi-fuel stove
2 Fuel bottles
  1. Optimus fuel bottle 600 ml
  2. MSR Fuel bottle 590 ml
  3. Trangia Fuel bottle 500 ml
3 Cooking pots
  1. Eagle Products: Coffee pot 1.4 liter - it has spout and lid, there will be no spillage.
  2. Sea to Summit: XPOT 2,8L - this is just a pot, so how to avoid spillage ?
4 Cutlery sets
  1. Sea To Summit: Alphaset 3Pc Set
  2. Phoxx: S/S cutlery with carabiner
5 Drinking cups
6 Water containers
7 Dried food 5 meals:



9.1 Cut protection safety gloves

Source of the following information:

9.1.1 European Standard EN 388:2003

Protective Gloves against Mechanical Risks

This standard applies to all protective gloves in respect of physical and mechanical stress caused by abrasion, cut, tearing and puncture.

Protection against mentioned hazards is expressed by a pictogram followed by four numbers (performance levels), each representing test performance against a specific hazard. EN 388abcd

A --- Abrasion resistance (x, min. 0, max. 4)
B --- Blade cut resistance (x, min. 0, max. 5)
C --- Tear resistance (x, min. 0, max. 4)
D --- Puncture resistance (x, min. 0, max. 4)

Level X means that this test cannot be carried out on this particular glove. The higher the level, the better performance

  1. Abrasion resistance
    Based on number of cycles needed to abrade through a sample of glove. Samples are cut from glove palm and rubbed against a standard sand paper under a constant standard pressure. Number of cycles is measured when a hole appears on any of the samples.
  2. Blade cut resistance
    Based on the number of cycles required to cut through the sample from glove palm by circular, counter-rotating blade.
  3. Tear resistance
    Based on the amount of force required to tear the sample apart.
  4. Puncture resistance
    Based on the amount of force required to penetrate the sample with a defined stylus. This is not an indication of the resistance to sharply pointed objects, e.g. hypodermic needle.
   Test	                              Performance Level
                                 1 	2	3 	4 	5

   A    Abrasion resistance	100	500	2.000	8.000	 
   B    Blade cut resistance	1,2	2,5	5,0	10,0	20,0
   C    Tear resistance         10	25	50	75	 
   D    Puncture resistance	20	60	100	150	 

9.1.2 European Standard EN 388:2016

The European Standard EN 388:2016 covers the test requirements for safety gloves that are provided to protect against mechanical risks, which covers abrasion, blade cut, puncture, tearing and impact.

The EN 388:2016 Standard is a revised version of the former EN 388 Standard (EN 388:2003). It has increased the scope of testing required, and the test results thus provide customers with more information, helping them to make the right choice of hand protection for their needs. EN 388:2016 ABCDEF

A --- Abrasion resistance
B --- Circular blade cut resistance
C --- Tear resistance
D --- Puncture resistance
E --- Straight blade cut resistance
F --- Impact protection

  1. Abrasion resistance
    Based on the number of cycles needed to abrade through a sample of the glove. Samples are cut from the glove palm and rubbed against sandpaper of a certain quality under a certain constant pressure as defined by the standard. The level of abrasion resistance is measured by the number of cycles reached when a hole appears on the relevant glove sample.
  2. Circular blade cut resistance
    Based on the number of cycles required to cut through a sample of the glove palm with a circular, counter-rotating blade.
  3. Tear resistance
    Based on the amount of force required to tear a sample of the glove apart.
  4. Puncture resistance
    Based on the amount of force required to penetrate the sample with a defined stylus. This is not an indication of the resistance to sharply pointed objects, e.g. hypodermic needle.
  5. Straight blade cut resistance, EN ISO 13997
    In the recently revised EN 388 Standard (EN 388:2016), the Circular blade cut resistance test is still in use, and the results from this test are applicable to gloves that do not dull the blade. However, materials that noticeably dull the blade during this test, are now to be tested according to the newly included EN ISO 13997 Straight blade cut resistance test. In these cases, the Circular blade cut resistance test results must be recorded as X (not applicable).
    EN ISO 13997 determines the force in Newtons (N) required to cut through a material sample.
  6. Impact Protection
    Gloves that have specific impact resistant properties on the back of the hand can be tested against an updated EN 13594:2015 standard.
    In this test, the glove knuckles are impacted by a 2.5 kg flat face striker from a sufficient height, creating an impact energy of 5J. If the sample has achieved a result of Level 1, the letter «P» is added to the results.

                                  PROTECTION LEVEL      1	2	3	4	5
    A  Abrasion resistance (No. of cycles)              100	500	2.000	8.000	 
    B  Circular blade cut resistance (Index)            1,2	2,5	5,0	10,0	20,0
    C  Tear resistance (N)                              10	25	50	75	 
    D  Puncture resistance (N)                          20	60	100	150	 

                                   PROTECTION LEVEL	A	B	C	D	E	F
    E  Straight blade cut resistance (N)
       (EN ISO 13997)                                   2	5	10	15	22	30

                                   PROTECTION LEVEL	P
    F  Impact protection                               Pass (level ≤1 9kN)
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