Offshore oil and gas

HSE's Energy Division (ED) is responsible for implementing health and safety legislation for offshore oil and gas operations.

Offshore health and safety law

All workers have a right to work in places where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Health and safety is about stopping you getting hurt at work or ill through work.

More health & safety law

EU Offshore Directive Competent Authority

HSE and OPRED, working in partnership, have formed the Offshore Major Accident Regulator (OMAR), to act as the Competent Authority responsible for implementing the requirements of the EU Directive on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations.

A website has been created for OMAR, to provide information and guidance on its activities.

OMAR website

Offshore Directive Update

On the 19th July 2015 the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations 2015 (SCR 2015) came into force. The guidance is now available to download. SCR 2015 apply to oil and gas operations in external waters (the territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain and any designated area within the UK Continental Shelf) and replace the Safety Case Regulations 2005 in these waters, subject to certain transitional arrangements. The Safety Case Regulations 2005 continue to apply to oil and gas activities in internal waters (eg estuaries).

Elgin blowout report

Events surrounding the blowout and actions taken in response to this and similar incidents

The Elgin blowout report

Updated 2022-05-31