HSE OIS 1/2013
Application of health and safety law offshore
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Application outside Great Britain) Order 2013 (the ‘Order’) is expected to come into effect on 6 April 2013.
The Order will revoke both the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Application outside Great Britain) Order 2001 and the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (Application outside Great Britain) (Variation) Order 2011. It re-enacts their provisions with modifications and introduces new articles associated with emerging energy technologies (EETs).
This guidance note provides further information on the changes associated with the new Order, but in summary the new Order will:
(a) ensure the statutory protection provided by the 2001 Order and the 2011 Variation Order is maintained;(b) provide legal clarity for dutyholders that HSE has the power to regulate activities associated with new EETs (eg combustible gas storage and underground coal gasification) and climate change technologies (eg carbon dioxide storage) offshore;
(c) update the definitions relating to certain activities, based on the lessons HSE has learned from operational experience and taking on board feedback from the public consultation (eg clarifying which structures HSE regulates as an offshore installation).
This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive. Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.