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Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR)

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The Offshore Safety Directive Regulator is the Competent Authority responsible for overseeing industry compliance with the EU Directive on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. The Directive was published following the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Directive is also resulting in changes to the UK health, safety and environmental regime.

OSDR – The Competent Authority

OSDR is a partnership between HSE’s Energy Division and Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning (OPRED). OSDR is responsible for the regulation of major safety and environmental accident hazards, and their consequences, in the offshore oil and gas sector. 

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Transitional arrangements

An amended regulatory regime for health, safety and environmental matters will arise from the implementation of the EU Directive.  This requires revisions to existing offshore installation Safety Cases and Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (OPEPs), for which transitional arrangements will apply.

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News and events

BEIS’s Offshore Oil & Gas Environment & Decommissioning Unit (OGED), is the Environmental Regulator for all offshore oil and gas operations. OGED’s role has been reviewed and the unit has been restructured and rebranded as the Offshore Regulator for Environment & Decommissioning (OPRED). OPRED remains a part of BEIS and the changes do not materially affect the operation of OSDR. OSDR documents are being revised to reflect OPRED.

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Updated 2017-10-13