The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland is proposing to introduce parallel health and safety legislation to that proposed in the Great Britain consultation concerning the implementation of Directive 2013/30/EU on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations.
It has prepared a Note for Northern Ireland Readers to accompany the Great Britain consultation document.
At present Northern Ireland does not have any offshore oil and gas operations within its territorial seas. Nevertheless, in order to ensure that the UK fully implements the European Directive, as required, by 19 July 2015, the following health and safety legislation has to be introduced:
the Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 (S.R. 2007 No.247) which will be revoked and replaced with a new set of Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015;
amendments to the Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion, and Emergency Response) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (S.R. 1995 No. 345) and
amendments to the Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (Management and Administration) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (S.R. 1995 No. 340).
Environmental legislation is also referred to in the Great Britain consultation document. This applies to the UK as a whole and the responsibility for it lies with the Department of Energy and Climate Change. There are therefore no parallel changes required for any Northern Ireland legislation.