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1. This Order varies the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Application outside Great Britain) Order 2001 (“the 2001 Order”), which applies sections 1 to 59 and 80 to 82 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (“the prescribed provisions”) to certain premises and activities in the territorial sea adjacent to Great Britain and beyond the territorial sea to areas designated by order under section 1(7) of the Continental Shelf Act 1964. This Order makes the following changes of substance to the 2001 Order.
2. Article 4(2)(a) and the Schedule to the 2001 Order, which included certain fixed structures within the definition of “offshore installation”, are revoked (article 2(2) and (4)).
3. The Order adds a new article 8A to the 2001 Order to apply the prescribed provisions to certain activities within a designated area involving structures which would be offshore installations but for the application of article 4(3)(c) of the 2001 Order, which relates to change of an installation’s use (article 2(3)).
4. Article 2(3) also adds a new article 8B to the 2001 Order to extend the application of the prescribed provisions to activities within a renewable energy zone. A renewable energy zone is an area, beyond the territorial sea, designated under section 84(4) of the Energy Act 2004 which can be exploited for the production of energy from water or winds.
5. These new articles 8A and 8B will cease to apply on 6th April 2011, unless revoked with effect from an earlier date.
6. A full impact assessment of the effect that this instrument will have on the costs of business and the voluntary sector is available from the Offshore and Diving Policy Team, Health and Safety Executive, Redgrave Court, Merton Road, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 7HS and is annexed to the Explanatory Memorandum which is available alongside this instrument on the website of the Office of Public Sector Information.
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