Inspection of offshore installations

The Danish Working Environment Authority inspects safety and health of work carried out on offshore installations under the Offshore Safety Act and Subsoil Act.

The cornerstone of supervision is the companies' self-monitoring in the form of a management system for health and safety, to ensure and document that the regulatory requirements are met and that the execution and design of offshore installation and jobs are done with minimal risk to people and property.

A part of this system is verification by independent classification and certification companies. The requirement of a management system is shown in Chapter 3 of the Offshore Safety Act and section 8 of Executive Order No. 729 of 3 July 2009 on the management of health and safety on offshore installations. The inspection is carried out partly on the basis of information from the executive companies, and through visits to individual workplaces.
The Danish Working Environment Authority's inspection is based - in addition to the Danish rules - on the plans and conditions pursuant to which the The Danish Working Environment Authority's approval of each activity. The inspection covers both single and more general issues and is focused on the individual circumstances. A part of this is:

  • Areas where the selected conditions in a given time is given special emphasis in supervision. This will ensure systematic follow-up to several installations and companies.
  • Audits where The Danish Working Environment Authority inspections on an offshore installation or by visiting the company's onshore office systematically reviews the company in selected areas to show that the Danish rules (and specific conditions of the installation) is taken in account in the planning and execution of tasks.
  • Supervision or visit where The Danish Working Environment Authority by visiting an offshore installation inspect the plant's general condition, conducts audits, follow-up focus areas and on any problems identified by inspection or audit, as well as meeting with the plant's safety organization.