Regulation of working environment of offshore oil and gas operations

Regulation and requirements for health and safety on offshore installations according to the Offshore Safety Act.

Risk Assessment

The risk assessment requires an assessment of the health and safety risks, both as regards to the risk of major hazards which typically are linked to the plant's structural safety (installation integrity) and other risks, which are typically the health and safety risks in the workplace. The latter corresponds broadly to the requirement on land known as risk assessment. These risks should then be reduced to a level that is as low as is reasonably practicable - the so-called ALARP principle.

The operator of a production installation is responsible for the risk assessment together with the safety organization. Members of the safety organization are elected safety representatives, supervisors and the management for the installation.

For non-production installations, typical mobile units, the company that has a contract with the operator will be responsible together with the safety organization for the risk assessment. The company is called for owner, whether or not the company owns the mobile non-production installation.

The risk assessment shall be documented in a Health and Safety Case, which shall be forwarded to the Danish Working Environment Authority in connection with applications for licenses and permits regarding to the Offshore Safety Act.

Read more about Healty and Safety Case (HSE)

Other Health Conditions

In addition to health and safety conditions in the workplace, the Offshore Safety Act also requires that other health conditions on offshore installations shall be satisfactory.
Such conditions are typical:

  • General hygiene
  • Drinking water and water quality
  • Indoor climate
  • Recovery and rest in leisure time.
  • Exemption from exposure to tobacco smoke

Regulation of the working environment on offshore installations

The requirements for health and safety on offshore installations are essentially the same as for the Working Environment Act on land-based companies.

The regulatory framework is not the Working Environment Act, but the Offshore Safety Act.

Offshore Safety Act, consolidated Act no. 125 of 6. February 2018

Guidelines for conducting a risk assessment can be found in the general WEA Guidelines:

WEA Guideline No. D.1.1 on workplace assessment 2009, updated 2016 (in Danish)

The regulatory basis for risk assessment of offshore installations is:

Executive Order No. 835 on Management of Safety and Health etc. in connection with offshore oil and gas operations etc. (in Danish)

WEA Guideline No. 65.1.08 September 2016, on risk management in connection with offshore oil and gas operations.