The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Department for the Environment and Climate Change (DECC), working in partnership, now form the Offshore Safety Directive Regulator (OSDR).
OSDR will act as the competent authority responsible for overseeing industry compliance with the EU Offshore Directive on the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. The Directive will result in changes to the UK health, safety and environmental regime. OSDR is also responsible for the regulation of major safety and environmental accident hazards, and their consequences, in the offshore oil and gas sector.
The Directive was published following the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.