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

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Regulations 17(1)(a) and 19(7)(a)

SCHEDULE 7PARTICULARS TO BE INCLUDED IN A SAFETY CASE FOR THE OPERATION OF A PRODUCTION INSTALLATION

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1.  The name and address of the operator of the installation.

2.  The maximum number of persons—

(a)expected to be on the installation at any time;

(b)that may, in normal operating conditions and within design constraints, be on the installation at any time; and

(c)for whom accommodation is to be provided.

3.  A copy of the operator’s corporate major accident prevention policy, where the operator is required to have one.

4.  A summary of any worker involvement in the preparation of the safety case, including how any safety representatives for that installation were consulted with regard to the revision, review or preparation of the safety case pursuant to regulation 23(2)(c)(i) of the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees) Regulations 1989(1).

5.  An adequate description of the operator’s safety and environmental management system, including information from it that is relevant to the production installation.

6.  A description of the verification scheme which complies with regulation 13(1).

7.  A description of the extent to which the operator has taken into account any matters raised by the competent authority pursuant to regulations 15(2) or 19(2).

8.  A description of the main requirements in the specification for the design of the installation and its plant, which shall include—

(a)any limits for safe operation or use specified therein;

(b)a description of how the operator has ensured, or will ensure, compliance with regulation 4 of the Offshore Installations and Wells (Design and Construction, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996;

(c)a description of how the duty holder has ensured, or will ensure, the suitability of the safety and environmental-critical elements;

(d)a description of how the duty holder—

(i)where the duty holder is also the pipeline operator, has ensured, or will ensure, compliance with regulation 11 of the Pipelines Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997(2); or

(ii)where the duty holder is not also the pipeline operator, has co-operated or will cooperate with the operator in relation to a pipeline to ensure compliance with regulation 11 of the Pipelines Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997; and

(e)any relevant codes, standards and guidance used in the construction and commissioning of the installation.

9.  In paragraph 8(d) “pipeline operator”, in relation to a pipeline, means—

(a)the person who is to have or (once fluid or any mixture of fluids is conveyed) has control over the conveyance of fluid or any mixture of fluids in the pipeline;

(b)until that person is known (should there be a case where at a material time that person is not yet known) the person who is to commission or (where commissioning has started) commissions the design and construction of the pipeline; or

(c)when a pipeline is no longer used or is not for the time being used, the person last having control over the conveyance of fluid or any mixture of fluids in it.

10.  A suitable plan of the location of the installation and of anything connected to it, and particulars of—

(a)the meteorological and oceanographic conditions to which the installation may foreseeably be subjected; and

(b)the properties of the seabed and subsoil at its location.

11.  A description, with suitable diagrams, of the installation, including a description of—

(a)the main and secondary structure of the installation and its materials;

(b)its plant;

(c)the layout and configuration of its plant;

(d)any connections to any pipeline or other installation; and

(e)any well connected or to be connected to the installation.

12.  Particulars of the types of operation, and activities in connection with an operation, including both those—

(a)which the installation is capable of performing; and

(b)which are to be carried out.

13.  Particulars of the plant and arrangements for—

(a)the control of any well operations, including those—

(i)to control pressure in a well;

(ii)to prevent the uncontrolled release of hazardous substances; and

(iii)to minimise the effects of damage to subsea equipment by drilling equipment;

(b)process safety;

(c)the containment of hazardous substances (not already addressed under subparagraph (a)(ii);

(d)the prevention of fire and explosion; and

(e)the protection of the environment from a major accident.

14.  A description of any pipeline with the potential to cause a major accident, including—

(a)the fluid which it conveys;

(b)its dimensions and layout;

(c)its contained volume at declared maximum allowable operating pressure; and

(d)any apparatus and works intended to secure safety,

together with a summary of the document prepared under regulation 23 of the Pipelines Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997.

15.  A description of how the operator has ensured, or will ensure, compliance with regulation 4(1) of the PFEER Regulations.

16.  Particulars of information obtained pursuant to the PFEER Regulations and the Management Regulations, so far as—

(a)relevant to the prevention of a major accident, and

(b)not otherwise required to be provided pursuant to this Schedule.

17.  In respect of operations to be conducted from the installation, any information relating to the prevention of major accidents resulting in significant or serious damage to the environment relevant to other requirements under the relevant statutory provisions, obtained pursuant to Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment(3).

18.  A description of the plant used and arrangements made for protecting persons on the installation from hazardous substances, including toxic gas, at all times.

19.  A description of the measures taken or to be taken or the arrangements made or to be made for the protection of persons on the installation from hazards, including explosion, fire, heat, smoke, toxic gas or fumes in particular during any period while they may need to remain on the installation following an incident which is beyond immediate control and for enabling such persons to be evacuated or rescued from the installation where necessary, including provision for—

(a)temporary refuge;

(b)routes from locations where persons may be present to temporary refuge and for egress therefrom to points from where the installation may be evacuated;

(c)means of evacuation at those points; and

(d)facilities within temporary refuge for the monitoring and control of the incident and for organising evacuation.

20.  Arrangements for the maintenance of control systems to prevent damage to the installation and the environment in the event that all personnel are evacuated.

21.  The description of the internal emergency response arrangements.

22.  The assessment produced pursuant to paragraph 2(j) of Schedule 2 to the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) Regulations 1998(4).

23.  Particulars of any combined operations which may involve the installation, including—

(a)a summary of the arrangements in place for co-ordinating the management systems of all duty holders involved in any such combined operation;

(b)a summary of the arrangements in place for a joint review of the safety aspects of any such combined operation by all duty holders involved, which shall include the identification of hazards with the potential to cause a major accident and the assessment of risks which may arise during any such combined operation;

(c)the plant likely to be used during any such combined operation; and

(d)the likely impact any such combined operation may have on the installations involved.

24.  Any other relevant details.

(1)

S.I. 1989/971 as amended by, S.I. 1995/738 and S.I. 2005/3117. There are other amendments not relevant to these Regulations.

(3)

O.J. L26, 28.1.2012, p. 1

(4)

S.I. 1998/1056. Schedule 2 was inserted by the Merchant Shipping (Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response and Co-operation Convention) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/386)

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