Health and safety in the oil and gas sector: The regulators
Produced in partnership with Lynne Gray of Burness Paull
Health and safety in the oil and gas sector: The regulators

The following Energy practice note produced in partnership with Lynne Gray of Burness Paull provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Health and safety in the oil and gas sector: The regulators
  • Brexit Impact
  • Background
  • Health and safety law in the offshore oil and gas sector
  • How is health and safety law regulated in the offshore oil and gas sector?
  • What are the responsibilities of each of the regulators?
  • HSE
  • BEIS/the Offshore Petroleum Regulator for the Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED)
  • OSDR
  • MCA
  • More...

Brexit Impact

As of 31 January 2020 (exit day), the UK is no longer an EU Member State, but it has entered an implementation period during which it continues to be treated by the EU as a Member State for many purposes. 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements came to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below.

For information on how leaving the EU will affect Great Britain’s oil and gas industry, see Practice Note:Energy and Brexit—UK oil and gas, which tracks the key publications and announcements made to date in relation to Brexit and the UK oil and gas industry. It also provides a brief analysis of the consequences of these publications and announcements.

Background

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) issues licenses and terms for exploration and production of oil and gas in the UK and on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) in order to achieve the principle objective of maximising economic recovery. Other key objectives include upholding health and environmental standards and preventing environmental damage. However, OGA is not responsible for regulating health,

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