The Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR)
The Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR)

The following Energy guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR)
  • Legislative Background
  • OSDR governance
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Strategic objectives and priorities for action—2018 to 2023

Legislative Background

The Directive 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC (the Directive), was adopted in 2013, and implemented in the UK by various legislation including in particular by the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/398 (SCR 2015) and the Offshore Petroleum Licensing (Offshore Safety Directive) Regulations 2015, SI 2015/385.

The Directive contains requirements relating to licensing, environmental protection, emergency response and liability, in addition to safety with the view to limit major accidents and to have sufficient physical, human and financial resources available to limit their consequences when they do occur. The Directive requires the establishment of an offshore 'Competent Authority', responsible for overseeing industry compliance with the Directive and the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. In compliance with the Directive, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's (BEIS) Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning unit (OPRED) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) work in partnership as the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR). For more a co