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Offshore Installations and Wells (design and construction, etc) Regulations 1996

  • Operations notice: 37
  • Issue date: Jan 2002

Introduction

1. This notice explains the arrangement for reporting danger to an installation as required by the Offshore Installation and Wells (Design and Construction, etc) Regulations 1996 (DCR) Regulation 9.

Reporting requirements

2. DCR Regulation 9 requires that, within 10 days of the appearance of a significant threat to the integrity of an installation, a written report is made by the dutyholder to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The report must identify the threat and specify any action taken, or to be taken, to avert it.

Reporting arrangements

3. Dutyholders should send the written report referred to above to the appropriate HSE office that deals with their offshore installation. DCR Regulation 9 does not require immediate notification by telephone.

4. There is no prescribed format for the written reports.

Relationship to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95)

5. The reporting requirement in DCR supplements that in RIDDOR 95 (the reporting requirements for RIDDOR 95 are set out in Operations Notice 30).

6. Should the dutyholder be in doubt whether a report should be made under DCR or RIDDOR 95, then a report should be made under RIDDOR 95. If, on receipt of the report, HSE is of the opinion that a report under DCR would have been more appropriate, then the report will be treated as such. The dutyholder will be informed accordingly.

References

Offshore Installations and Wells (Design and Construction, etc) Regulations 1996 SI 1996/913 HMSO 1996 ISBN 0 11 054451 X

A Guide to the integrity, workplace environment and miscellaneous aspects of the Offshore Installations and Wells (Design and Construction, etc) Regulations 1996 L85 HSE Books 1996 ISBN 0 7176 1164 7. Interpretive guidance on Regulation 9 can be found in paragraphs 61-66 on page 13.

A guide to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 L73 HSE Books 1996 ISBN 0 7176 1012 8.

This guidance is issued by the Health and Safety Executive. Following the guidance is not compulsory and you are free to take other action. But if you do follow the guidance you will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Health and safety inspectors seek to secure compliance with the law and may refer to this guidance as illustrating good practice

Updated 2016-09-08