Reporting incidents to OMAR
Since the UK left the EU, the Offshore Major Accident Regulator (OMAR) is now the UKs Offshore Competent Authority (previously known as the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR). How HSE regulate the offshore industry stays the same. Our guidance will be updated to reflect this change.
Duty holders of offshore installations, offshore well operators and employers, are required to report certain incidents to the Offshore Major Accident Regulator (OMAR).
This requirement to report incidents is under a number of legislative obligations including: the EU Commission Implementing Regulation No. 1112/2014; the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous occurrences Regulation 2013 (RIDDOR); Regulation 9 of the Offshore Installations and Wells (Design and Construction, etc.) Regulations 1996 (DCR) and Regulation 21B of the Offshore Installations and Pipelines Work (Management and Administration) Regulations 1995 (MAR).
There is some overlap across the reporting requirements of the different pieces of legislation and the supplementary reporting requirements that implements Recommendation 39 of the Cullen Report into the Piper Alpha Disaster for gathering data on hydrocarbon releases. To minimise the burden on industry, a single reporting tool is available - the Report of an Oil and Gas Incident (ROGI) Form. The form enables the reporting of an incident under the relevant legislation and requirements. It includes guidance on how to complete the relevant sections and information about reporting deadlines.
The current semi-automated pdf ROGI form replaced an earlier MS Word version. In future a digital services version may be developed, giving a further opportunity to enhance the notification interface and end to end process. No date is set for this update but stakeholders will be kept informed.
Commencing January 2016, the use of the ROGI form was recommended by OSDR and Oil and Gas UK. The ROGI form replaces HSE forms OIR8, OIR9b and OIR 12, which will be withdrawn. The PON1 arrangements for reporting releases to sea remain unchanged, and are still required by BEIS.