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Hydrocarbon release system

Essential maintenance is required to the Hydrocarbon release system

Essential maintenance work is required which is scheduled to take place on Thursday 15 September 2016 between 6.00pm and 8.00pm . During this period there will be no access to Hydrocarbon. HSE apologise for any inconvenience.

Offshore releases of hydrocarbons are currently reported to the Division (ED) as dangerous occurrences under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) which became effective offshore on 1 April 1996.

The Hydrocarbon Releases (HCR) System contains detailed voluntary information on offshore hydrocarbon release incidents supplementary to that provided under RIDDOR (and previous offshore legislation prior to April 1996) and the database contains reports dating from 1 October 1992.

This web-based version of the HCR System, jointly funded by HSE and the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), launched in 2003, allows dutyholders and other authorised users access to the system to submit incident reports direct to HSE-OSD via on-line interactive forms. Statistical information is also made available in the form of standard reports which generate graphs and/or tables on-line as required. The facility to download data is also provided.

Since the data contained in the HCR System database is owned by the dutyholders and volunteered on the understanding that any published outputs would be generic and non-attributable, access to the full system is by authorised user/password only.

However, free on-line published HCR data may be accessed as follows:

The HCR System HOME page (see link below) also gives general details of the site. These include a Table and Graph which illustrate current reporting trends, plus a HELP file describing the various features of the HCR System.

If, after viewing the published data and the HCR HOME page information, you feel that you could benefit from further information on offshore hydrocarbon releases, then please use the contact details given on the HOME page and in HELP to advise the HCR Administration team of your requirements.

Updated 2016-09-06