Councils, commissions and committees

A number of councils, commissions and committees have tasks in connection with Offshore Oil and Gas Operations

The Accident Investigation Board

The Accident Investigation Board carries out investigations in the event of major accidents and incidents that originate from offshore installations, their equipment or external factors.
 
In addition, the Danish Working Environment Authority can instruct the Accident Investigation Board to investigate incidents that are deemed to be relevant for health and safety matters when offshore installations are used.

The reporting of major accidents and incidents to the Accident Investigation Board is described in:

Executive Order no. 1196, Registration and Notification of Accidents etc. in connection with Offshore Oil and Gas Operations etc., October 2015

The Minister of Employment establishes the Accident Investigation Board.

The Board's rules of procedure are laid down in:

Executive Order No. 1194 of 9 October 2015 amended in Executive Order No. 1334 of 17 November 2016 (in Danish)

Emergency Preparedness Committee

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 1199 of 23 October 2015 on Rules of Procedure for the Emergency preparedness Committee in pursuance of the Offshore Safety Act, the Committee is to assist the authorities in the coordination of rescue activities and control measures in case of major accidents on an offshore installation or when there is an essential danger of this.
 
In addition, the Emergency preparedness Committee is to supervise the measures taken by the owner or user of the offshore installation in case of major accidents.
 
The Committee is composed of a chairman and five members, who are appointed by the Danish Working Environment Authority.

Executive Order No. 1199 of 23 October 2015 on Rules of Procedure for the Emergency preparedness Committee in pursuance of the Offshore Safety Act (in Danish)

Offshore Safety Council

The Offshore Safety Council is established pursuant to The Offshore Safety Act. The council has the task of assisting in the drafting of regulations under the Act, to follow the technical and social development on offshore installations and to discuss other matters covered by the Act etc.

The composition of the Council

The Council consists of a chairman and representatives from the following institutions, employers and labour organizations:

  • One member from the Danish Working Environment Authority.
  • One member from the Danish Maritime Authority.
  • One member from the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority.
  • One member from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Five members from the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO)
  • One member from FTF - Confederation of Professionals in Denmark.
  • One member which represents the Union of Danish Engineers (Maskinmestrenes Forening) and the Union of Danish Foremen (Dansk Formandsforening).
  • Eight members from the Confederation of Danish Employers and the Danish Shipping.
  • One member from the Union of Maritime Leaders (Søfartens Ledere).

Members of the Offshore Safety Council are appointed by the Danish Working Environment Authority on recommendation from the represented authorities and organizations.
 
The Offshore Safety Council rules of procedure are laid down in Executive Order No. 1205 of 23 December 2015, amended in Executive Order No. 1333 of 17 November 2016.

Working groups under the Offshore Safety Council

The Offshore Safety Council may establish working groups including committees, e.g. for drafting regulations. There is at present established only one the Offshore Safety Council's working group. Its primary task is to participate in the drafting of Executive Orders and Guidelines pursuant to the Offshore Safety Act.