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

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Communication and storage of information by electronic means

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3.—(1) Except as provided in paragraph (5), where these Regulations require or allow a person to communicate information to another, whether in writing or otherwise, that person may communicate such information by electronic means.

(2) Information communicated by electronic means is not to be treated as having been received by the recipient for the purposes of these Regulations unless the recipient—

(a)has agreed to receive that information by electronic means by providing the sender with an address to which that information may be sent;

(b)is able to read and print that information; and

(c)is able to store that information in a form with which the sender cannot interfere.

(3) In the absence of a clear indication to the contrary, information communicated by electronic means in accordance with, and for the purposes of, these Regulations is deemed—

(a)to be accurately dated and timed;

(b)to have been sent by the person from whom it purports to originate;

(c)not to have been tampered with or otherwise modified; and

(d)where relevant, to be intended to have legal effect.

(4) Where these Regulations require any person to record, note or store information, it may be recorded, noted or stored on film or by electronic means if it—

(a)can be reproduced (in the case of information recorded, noted or stored on film, at the place at which it is recorded, noted or stored) as a written copy; and

(b)is reasonably secure from loss or unauthorised interference.

(5) This regulation does not apply to regulation 14(2).

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