How to report accidents and near misses

Accidents, near miss incidents and danger to the integrity of the installation in relation to offshore oil and gas activities must be reported to the relevant authorities.

Digital notification of work accidents

Work accidents that have happened in relation to offshore oil and gas activities shall be notified by the employer liable to take out insurance. The notification shall be submitted digitally within 10 days through the system EASY.

EASY is a system for reporting accidents at work made by the Danish Working Environment Authority and the Danish Labour Market Insurance. The system is currently only available in Danish.

Access to EASY requires a Danish CBR number and a NemID employee signature with rights to EASY.

Report a work accident with a Danish CBR number in EASY (Virk.dk, English)

A foreign enterprise without a Danish CBR-number, i.e. the owner of a foreign drilling rig, can report a work accident via a special input to EASY. In this case the company must submit its RUT-number (Register of Foreign Service Providers).

Report a work accident with a RUT number (Virk.dk, English)

Enterprises that neither have a Danish CBR nor a RUT number are referred to a special notification form.

Report accidents etc. in relation to offshore oil and gas activities (form)

Accidents that result in death or serious injury shall be reported immediately to South Jutland Police on tel. +45 76 11 14 48, and later followed by a written notification to the Danish Working Environment Authority.

Notification of damage to the plant and near misses

An incident that causes significant damage to a plant, its equipment or a pipeline must be notified to the Danish Working Environment Authority. In addition, an event that could have caused such damage or personal injury (near miss) must be reported. The notification must be made within 10 days after the incident.

Incidents that could have caused fatalities or serious personal injury must immediately be notified to the Danish Working Environment Authority on tel. +45 70 12 12 88 (Monday-Thursday 8-15, Friday 8-14). Outside these opening hours, notification must be made on tel. +45 72 20 91 91.

In addition the operator or the owner, respectively, must register any near misses and incidents, that have caused significant damage to the plant.

Damages to installations and near misses can be notified to the Danish Working Environment Authority in an e-mail:

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Notification of unintended discharge, significant damage to the installation etc.

The operator or the owner, respectively, shall immediately notify the Danish Working Environment Authority about the following:

  1. Unintended discharge of oil or gas which leads to fire or explosions. 
  2. Unintended discharge of not ignited natural gas or evaporated associated gas, if the mass discharged is greater than or equal to 1 kg. 
  3. Discharge of non-ignited liquids of crude oil where the mass discharged is greater than or equal to 60 kg. 
  4. Any incident which may have led to discharge of a biological agent. 
  5. Any unintended discharge of substances and materials. 
  6. Any significant damage of importance to health and safety to the construction or equipment of the installation. 
  7. Any uncontrolled emissions from a well, regardless of the duration. 
  8. Helicopter accidents at or near the installation. 
  9. Any unplanned emergency evacuation of some or all persons on board due to a major accident or if there is a significant risk of such accident. 

The operator or the owner, respectively, shall notify the Danish Working Environment Authority on tel. +45 70 12 12 88 (Monday-Thursday 8-15, Friday 8-14). Outside these opening hours, notification must be made on tel. +45 72 20 91 91.

Notification of occupational diseases

Doctors and dentists who find or suspect that a person suffers from an occupational disease must report this to the Danish Working Environment Authority and the Labour Market Insurance. Employers are not obliged to report occupational diseases.

Report an occupational disease in ESS (Virk.dk)

More about industrial injuries (Labour Market Insurance)

Follow-up on reported injuries and near misses

The Danish Working Environment Authority reviews and assesses whether immediate measures should be taken.

The Danish Working Environment Authority usually inspects the site of serious accidents immediately after receiving the notification. These inspections are often carried out with the police.

The Danish Working Environment Authority prepares statistics on industrial injuries and near misses. This statistics and the individual reviews are included in the Danish Working Environment Authority's priority of supervision.