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The Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations 2005

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Design notification and safety case for non-production installation to be converted

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9.  (1)  Where a non-production installation is to be converted to enable it to be operated as a production installation, the owner shall—

(a)prepare a design notification in respect of the proposed conversion containing, subject to paragraph (3), the particulars specified in Schedule 1 not contained in any current safety case for that installation; and

(b)send the design notification to the Executive,

at such time before completion of the design of the proposed conversion as will enable him to take account in the design of any matters relating to health and safety raised by the Executive within 3 months (or such shorter period as the Executive may specify) of that time.

(2) The particulars specified in Schedule 1 which must be provided in respect of a design notification under paragraph (1) shall be construed as if all references to “operator” were references to the owner of the non-production installation to be converted.

(3) Paragraph (1) shall only require the particulars in the design notification to address the matters referred to in that paragraph to the extent that it is reasonable to expect the duty holder to address them at the time of sending the design notification to the Executive.

(4) Where there is a material change in any of the particulars notified pursuant to paragraph (1) prior to the duty holder sending—

(a)a safety case to the Executive in accordance with regulation 7(1); or

(b)revisions to the current safety case to the Executive in accordance with paragraph (5),

the duty holder shall notify the Executive of that change as soon as practicable.

(5) Where a non-production installation operated pursuant to a current safety case is converted to a production installation, the operator of that production installation shall ensure that it is not operated as a production installation unless—

(a)he has prepared revisions to the current safety case for that installation containing the particulars specified in regulation 12 and Schedule 2 not contained in that current safety case;

(b)he has sent a version of the current safety case which incorporates the proposed revisions, showing clearly where they are to be made, to the Executive at least 3 months (or such shorter period as the Executive may specify) before commencing the operation in accordance with paragraph (2) of regulation 7; and

(c)the Executive has accepted those revisions to the current safety case.

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