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Hydrocarbon release system

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:

Updated 2017-10-17