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The UK HSE has introduced new safety and environmental regulations for offshore oil and gas operations on the UK continental shelf: The safety of offshore oil and gas operations.

Following the Deepwater Horizon in April 2010, the European Commission (EC) published  the Offshore Directive in June 2013.

The objective of this Directive is to reduce as far as possible the occurrence of major accidents related to offshore oil and gas operations and to limit their consequences.

Government departments in the UK are address requirements of the Directive relating to licensing, environmental protection, emergency response and liability, in addition to safety.

As a result, existing legislation has been updated, including revisions and new requirements.

HSE are implementing the majority of the health and safety requirements in the Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (safety Case etc.) Regulations  2015.  DECC are also introducing new regulations to implement  environmental and licensing requirements.

The new regulations were laid in Parliament on 23 March 2015 and came into force on 19 July 2015. Download them here: HSE Health and Safety Environmental Protection Regulations uksi_20150398_en

The Directive also required the creation of an offshore competent authority. DECC and HSE, working in partnership, have now established the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR).