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 is a partnership between HSE’s Energy Division and DECC’s Offshore Oil and Gas Environment and Decommissioning Team. OSDR is responsible for the regulation of major safety and environmental accident hazards, and their consequences, in the offshore oil and gas sector.
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.
Following the new Prime Minister taking office the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was created, combining the former Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the remaining functions of the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The changes do not materially affect the operation of OSDR and OSDR documents are being revised to reflect BEIS.