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The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

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Description of verification scheme and well examination scheme

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13.—(1) For the purposes of these Regulations, a description of the verification scheme complies with this paragraph if it includes—

(a)a description of the criteria for selection of the verifier to carry out functions under the scheme;

(b)a description of the means of verifying that the safety and environmental-critical elements and any specified plant remain in good repair and condition; and

(c)details of the arrangements to carry out the functions under the scheme including—

(i)the examination and testing of the safety and environmental-critical elements by the verifier;

(ii)the verification of the design, standard, certification or other system of conformity of the safety and environmental-critical elements;

(iii)the examination of work in progress;

(iv)the taking of remedial action by the duty holder;

(v)the reporting of any instances of non-compliance of the duty holder with the standards of the scheme; and

(vi)the review of the scheme throughout the lifecycle of the installation.

(2) For the purpose of regulation 8(6)(b), a description of the well examination scheme complies with this paragraph if it includes—

(a)a description of the criteria for selection of the well examiner to carry out functions under the scheme;

(b)a description of the means of verifying that the well is designed and constructed, and is maintained in such repair and condition, that—

(i)so far as is reasonably practicable, there can be no unplanned escape of fluids from the well; and

(ii)risks to the health and safety of persons from it or anything in it, or in strata to which it is connected, are as low as is reasonably practicable; and

(c)details of the arrangements to carry out the functions under the scheme including—

(i)the examination of the well, or a similar well, by the well examiner;

(ii)the examination of information required under regulation 11(2)(a)(ii);

(iii)the examination of work in progress;

(iv)the taking of remedial action by the well operator;

(v)the reporting of any instances of non-compliance of the well operator with the standards of the scheme; and

(vi)the review of the scheme.

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