The Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2005/3117

2005 No. 3117

OFFSHORE INSTALLATIONS

The Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005

Made 9th November 2005

Laid before Parliament 17th November 2005

Coming into force 6th April 2006

The Secretary of State, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by sections 15(1), (2), (3)(a), (4)(a), (5)(b), (6)(b), and 82(3)(a) of, and paragraphs 1(1)(c) and (2), 8(1), 9, 14, 15(1) and 16 of Schedule 3 to, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 19741(“the 1974 Act”) and section 1(2) of the Offshore Safety Act 19922and for the purpose of giving effect without modifications to proposals submitted to him by the Health and Safety Commission under section 11(2)(d) of the 1974 Act after the carrying out of consultations by the said Commission in accordance with section 50(3) of that Act, hereby makes the following Regulations:

S-1 Citation and commencement

Citation and commencement

1. These Regulations may be cited as the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005 and shall come into force on 6th April 2006.

S-2 Interpretation

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

the 1992 Regulations” means the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 19923;

“current safety case” means a safety case in respect of an installation which has been accepted by the Executive pursuant to these Regulations or, subject to regulation 27, the 1992 Regulations and includes any revision thereto which—

(a) may take effect without the acceptance of the Executive; or

(b) has been accepted by the Executive;

“dismantling” means the dismantling or removal of the main and secondary structure of a fixed installation at the place at which it was operated, and “dismantled” shall be construed accordingly;

“diving bell” means a compression chamber which is capable of being manned and is used or designed for use under the surface of water in supporting human life, being a chamber in which any occupant is or may be subject to a pressure of more than 300 millibars above atmospheric pressure during normal operations;

“duty holder” means—

(a) in relation to a production installation, the operator; and

(b) in relation to a non-production installation, the owner;

“the Executive” means the Health and Safety Executive;

“field development programme” means the support document for development and production authorisations to be submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry pursuant to the Guidance Notes on Procedures for Regulating Offshore Oil and Gas Field Developments, as published on the Department of Trade and Industry’s website, and revised or reissued from time to time4;

“fixed installation” means an installation which cannot be moved from place to place without major dismantling or modification, whether or not it has its own motive power;

“installation” means an offshore installation within the meaning of regulation 3 of the Management Regulations;

“licensee” means any person to whom a licence to search and bore for and get petroleum in respect of any area within relevant waters is granted pursuant to section 3 of the Petroleum Act 19985;

“major accident” means—

(a) a fire, explosion or the release of a dangerous substance involving death or serious personal injury to persons on the installation or engaged in an activity on or in connection with it;

(b) an event involving major damage to the structure of the installation or plant affixed thereto or any loss in the stability of the installation;

(c) the collision of a helicopter with the installation;

(d) the failure of life support systems for diving operations in connection with the installation, the detachment of a diving bell used for such operations or the trapping of a diver in a diving bell or other subsea chamber used for such operations; or

(e) any other event arising from a work activity involving death or serious personal injury to five or more persons on the installation or engaged in an activity in connection with it;

“management system” means the organisation and arrangements established by a person for managing his undertaking;

“the Management Regulations” means the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (Management and Administration) Regulations 19956;

“non-production installation” means an installation other than a production installation;

“notified” means notified in writing, and related expressions shall be construed accordingly;

“operator”, in relation to a pipeline, means—

(a) the person who is to have or (once fluid or any mixture of fluids is conveyed) has control over the conveyance of fluid or any mixture of fluids in the pipeline;

(b) until that person is known (should there be a case where at a material time he is not yet known) the person who is to commission or (where commissioning has started) commissions the design and construction of the pipeline; or

(c) when a pipeline is no longer used or is not for the time being used, the person last having control over the conveyance of fluid or any mixture of fluids in it;

“operator”, in relation to a production installation, means—

(a) the person appointed by the licensee to manage and control directly or by any other person the execution of the main functions of a production installation; or

(b) the licensee, where—

(i) it is not clear to the Executive that one person has been appointed to perform the functions described in paragraph (a); or

(ii) in the opinion of the Executive, any person appointed to perform the functions described in paragraph (a) is incapable of performing those functions satisfactorily;

“owner” means the person who controls the operation of a non-production installation;

“petroleum”—

(a) includes any mineral oil or relative hydrocarbon and natural gas, whether or not existing in its natural condition in strata; and

(b) does not include coal or bituminous shales or other stratified deposits from which oil can be extracted by destructive distillation;

“the PFEER Regulations” means the Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response) Regulations 19957;

“pipeline” shall be construed in accordance with regulation 3 of the Pipelines Safety Regulations 19968;

“production installation” means an installation which—

(a) extracts petroleum from beneath the sea-bed by means of a well;

(b) stores gas in or under the shore or bed of relevant waters and recovers gas so stored; or

(c) is used for the conveyance of petroleum by means of a pipe,

and—

(a) includes a—

(i) non-production installation converted for use as a production installation for so long as it is so converted;

(ii) production installation which has ceased production for so long as it is not converted to a non-production installation; and

(iii) production installation which has not come into use; and

(b) does not include an installation which, for a period of no more than 90 days, extracts petroleum from beneath the sea-bed for the purposes of well testing;

“relevant statutory provisions” means the relevant statutory provisions (as defined in section 53(1) of the 1974 Act) which apply to or in relation to installations or activities on or in connection with them;

“relevant waters” means—

(a) tidal waters and parts of the sea in or adjacent to Great Britain up to the seaward limits of the territorial sea; and

(b) any area designated by order under section 1(7) of the Continental Shelf Act 19649;

“safety-critical elements” means such parts of an installation and such of its plant (including computer programmes), or any part thereof—

(a) the failure of which could cause or contribute substantially to; or

(b) a purpose of which is to prevent, or limit the effect of,

a major accident;

“specified plant” means the plant for an installation which is provided—

(a) in compliance with regulations 11(1)(a), 13, 15 and 16 of the PFEER Regulations;

(b) as means required to be provided by regulation 10 of the PFEER Regulations—

(i) for detecting fire; and

(ii) for detecting and recording accumulations of flammable gases; and

(c) pursuant to the measures required by regulation 12 of the PFEER Regulations to combat fire and explosion,

except for—

(a) plant which is part of the safety-critical elements for that installation; and

(b) aircraft or equipment to which regulation 18 of the PFEER Regulations applies.

“vessel” includes a hovercraft and any floating structure which is capable of being staffed;

“well” means—

(a) a well made by drilling; and

(b) a borehole drilled with a view to the extraction of petroleum through it or another well,

and shall be deemed to include any device on it for containing the pressure in it;

“well operation” means—

(a) the drilling of a well, including the recommencement of drilling after a well has been completed, suspended or abandoned by plugging at the sea-bed; and

(b) any operation in relation to a well during which there may be an accidental release of fluids from that well which could give rise to the risk of a major accident; and

“well operator”, in relation to a well or proposed well, means—

(a) the person appointed by the licensee for that well or proposed well to execute the function of organising and supervising the drilling of that well and all operations to be carried out by means of that well; or

(b) where no such person has been appointed, the licensee.

(2) Any reference in these Regulations to a design notification, a relocation notification, a safety case or a notification of combined operations or well operations is a reference to a document containing the particulars specified in the Schedule referred to in the provision pursuant to which it is prepared and, for a safety case, regulation 12.

(3) Any reference in these Regulations to operating an installation is a reference to using the installation for any of the purposes described in sub-paragraphs (a) to (d) of paragraph (1) of regulation 3 of the Management Regulations.

(4) For the purposes of these Regulations, an installation other than a...

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