Health and Safety at Work (Petroleum Exploration and Extraction) Regulations 2016

  • This version contains corrections to regulations 39(b), 40(3) and 48(1) under section 25(1)(j)(i), (ii) and (iv) of the Legislation Act 2012.

Revision of safety cases

31 Duty to revise safety case in certain situations


A permit operator of a relevant production installation or a drilling contractor of a non-production installation for which there is an accepted safety case must prepare a revised safety case and give it to WorkSafe if any of the following apply:


the technical knowledge relied upon to formulate the safety case, including the knowledge of systems for identifying hazards and evaluating risks of major accidents, is outdated so that the safety case no longer adequately provides the information specified in Schedule 5:


the permit operator or the drilling contractor (as the case may be) proposes to modify the installation or decommission the installation, and the proposed modification or decommissioning is not adequately addressed in the safety case:


a series of proposed modifications to the installation could result in a significant cumulative change in the overall level of risk of major accidents:


the permit operator or the drilling contractor proposes to change the safety management system significantly:


the activities to be carried out at the installation are different from the activities contemplated in the safety case:


there has been a significant increase in the level of risk associated with any major accident hazard.


If any of subclause (1)(a) to (f) apply, a revised safety case must be given to WorkSafe as soon as practicable, together with the fee prescribed in Schedule 10.


WorkSafe may agree, in writing, that the revised safety case may take the form of revisions to a part or specified parts of the accepted safety case.


A permit operator or a drilling contractor who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—


for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $6,000:


for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $30,000.

Compare: SR 2013/208 r 34