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     The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations

    2015 (SCR 2015) came into force on 19 July 2015. They apply to oil and gas

    operations in external waters, that is, the territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain and any designated area within the UK continental shelf. They replace the Offshore

    Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 (SCR 2005) in these waters, subject to

    certain transitional arrangements. Activities in internal waters (eg estuaries) will

    continue to be covered by SCR 2005 and A guide to the Offshore Installations

    (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 (HSE, L30).

     The primary aim of SCR 2015 is to reduce the risks from major accident hazards to

    the health and safety of the workforce employed on offshore installations or in

    connected activities. The Regulations also aim to increase the protection of the

    marine environment and coastal economies against pollution and ensure improved

    response mechanisms in the event of such an incident.

    Guidance on Regulations

    Guidance on Regulations

    The Offshore Installations

    (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015 

    Healthand Safety

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    L154 (First edition)

    Published 2015

    Health and Safety

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    (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015 

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    © Crown copyright 2015

    First published 2015

    ISBN 978 0 7176 6325 5

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    is not compulsory, unless specifically stated, and you are free to take other action.

    But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with

    the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and

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    Contents

    Introduction 5

    The Regulations 16

    Regulation 1 Citation and commencement 16

    Regulation 2 Interpretation 16

    Regulation 3 Communication and storage of information by electronic means 27

    Regulation 4 Application and extent 28

    Regulation 5 Duties of licensee 28

    Regulation 6 Capacity of operator to meet requirements 29

    Regulation 7 Corporate major accident prevention policy 30

    Regulation 8 Safety and environmental management system 32

    Regulation 9 Establishment of verification scheme 34

    Regulation 10 Other provisions as to verification schemes 37

    Regulation 11 Establishment of well examination scheme 39

    Regulation 12 Other provisions as to well examination schemes 41

    Regulation 13 Description of verification scheme and well

    examination scheme 42

    Regulation 14 Defence 43

    Regulation 15 Design and relocation notifications for production

    installation 44

    Regulation 16 Management and control of major accident hazards 48

    Regulation 17 Safety case for production installation 51

    Regulation 18 Safety case for non-production installation 53

    Regulation 19 Design notification and safety case for non-productioninstallation to be converted 54

    Regulation 20 Safety case for dismantling fixed installation 56

    Regulation 21 Notification of well operations 58

    Regulation 22 Notification of combined operations 62

    Regulation 23 Review of safety case 63

    Regulation 24 Revision of safety case 65

    Regulation 25 Power of competent authority in relation to safety cases

    and related documents 67

    Regulation 26 Power of the competent authority to prohibit

    operations 69 Regulation 27 Keeping of documents 70

    Regulation 28 Duty to conform with safety case and notifications

    of operation 72

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    Regulation 29 Duty to control risk 73

    Regulation 30 Internal emergency response 74

    Regulation 31 Communication of national arrangements for confidential

    reporting of safety concerns etc 78

    Regulation 32 Standards and guidance on best practice 78

    Regulation 33 Notification of major accident etc 79

    Regulation 34 Information on operations conducted outside of the

    European Union 80

    Regulation 35 Exemptions 81

    Regulation 36 Enforcement 82

    Regulation 37 Appeals 84

    Regulation 38 Amendments and revocations 85

    Regulation 39 Transitional provisions and savings 86

    Regulation 40 Penalties 86

    Regulation 41 Review 86

    Schedules and guidance 87

    Schedule 1 Particulars to be addressed in a corporate major accident

    prevention policy 87

    Schedule 2 Matters in accordance with which the corporate major

    accident prevention policy and safety and environmental

    management system must be prepared 89

    Schedule 3 Particulars to be addressed in a safety and environmental

    management system 90

    Schedule 4 Matters to be provided for in a verification scheme and a well examination scheme 93

    Schedule 5 Particulars to be included in a design notification or a

    relocation notification for a production installation 98

    Schedule 6 Particulars to be included in a safety case for the

    operation of a production installation 101

    Schedule 7 Particulars to be included in a safety case for a non-

    production installation 109

    Schedule 8 Particulars to be included in a current safety case in

    respect of the dismantling of a fixed installation 115

    Schedule 9 Particulars to be included in a notification of well operations 118

    Schedule 10 Particulars to be included in a notification of combined

    operations 124

    Schedule 11 Matters to be considered in preparing and revising

    standards and guidance on best practice in relation to the

    control of major hazards 126

    Schedule 12 Appeals 126

    Schedule 13 Amendments and revocations 130

    Schedule 14 Transitional provisions and savings 151

    References 161 Further information 164

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    Introduction

    1 The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc)

    Regulations 2015 (SCR 2015) came into force on 19 July 2015. They apply to oil

    and gas operations in external waters, that is, the territorial sea adjacent to Great

    Britain and any designated area within the United Kingdom continental shelf

    (UKCS). They replace the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005

    (SCR 2005) in these waters, subject to certain transitional arrangements. Activities in internal waters (eg estuaries) will continue to be covered by SCR 2005 and HSE

    publication A guide to the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005.1

    2 The primary aim of SCR 2015 is to reduce the risks from major accident

    hazards to the health and safety of the workforce employed on offshore installations

    or in connected activities. The Regulations also aim to increase the protection of

    the marine environment and coastal economies against pollution and ensure

    improved response mechanisms in the event of such an incident.

    3 SCR 2015 builds on the central recommendation of Lord Cullen’s report on

    the public inquiry into the Piper Alpha disaster. This was that the operator or owner

    of every offshore installation should be required to prepare a safety case and submit it to the regulator for acceptance. This safety case now incorporates the

    additional requirements of the Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil

    and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC.2 The Regulations also

    implement aspects of Directive 92/91/EEC3 concerning the minimum requirements

    for improving the safety and health protection of workers in the mineral-extracting

    industries through drilling.

    4 Safety cases under SCR 2015 are submitted to the competent authority for