Health and Safety in Employment (Petroleum Exploration and Extraction) Regulations 2013

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Reprint as at 21 October 2015

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Health and Safety in Employment (Petroleum Exploration and Extraction) Regulations 2013

(SR 2013/208)

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 20th day of May 2013

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Pursuant to section 21 of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council and on the recommendation of the Minister given in accordance with section 21(2) and (3) of that Act, makes the following regulations.


4Meaning of employer and employee
5Meaning of operator
6Meaning of independent
7Relationship between Act and regulations
8Compliance by previous duty holder of installation or well operator counted as compliance by successor
10Duty holder must ensure safety of installation
11Duty holder must appoint installation manager
12Petroleum workers must comply with instructions
13Duty holder must take steps to manage hazardous liquids, vapours, or gases
14Duty holder must take steps to ensure safe disposal of waste petroleum
15Duty holder must take precautions with sources of ignition
17Operator must establish major accident prevention policy
18Operator must review major accident prevention policy
19Operator must keep records
20Transitional provision relating to existing lower-tier production installations
22Operator must give design notice
23Operator must give relocation notice
24Duty holder must give notice of combined operation
25Installation must not be operated without accepted safety case
26Requirements for safety case
27Duty holder must consult petroleum workers
28Operator must prepare safety case where production exceeds threshold quantities for lower-tier production installation
29WorkSafe may request further information
30WorkSafe must notify duty holder of decision
31Criteria for acceptance of safety case
32WorkSafe may impose limits or conditions on safety case
33WorkSafe may reject safety case
34Safety case must be revised in certain situations
35WorkSafe may request revised safety case
36Duty holder must give revised safety case within 5 years
37Decision on revised safety case
38WorkSafe may withdraw acceptance of safety case
39Duty holder must ensure compliance with safety case requirements
40WorkSafe may consent to conduct of activity otherwise than in accordance with safety case
41Duty holder must retain records of safety case
42Transitional provision for existing offshore installations
43Transitional provision for other existing installations
45Duty holder must ensure installation has compliant certificate of fitness
46Installation no longer complies with certificate of fitness
47Recognition of inspection bodies
48Conditions of recognition
49Withdrawal of recognition
50WorkSafe must publish recognition or withdrawal of recognition in Gazette
51Transitional provision relating to recognition of inspection bodies
52Inspection body must carry out inspections and issue certificates of fitness
53Transitional provision relating to certificates of fitness
54Meaning of verification scheme
55Steps duty holder must take to develop verification scheme
56Recognition of verification schemes
57Implementation of verification scheme
58WorkSafe may withdraw recognition
59Duty holder must keep verification scheme under review
60Duty holder must ensure continuing effect given to verification scheme
61Duty holder must retain record of verification scheme
62Transitional provision relating to verification schemes
64Well operator’s primary duty
65Duty holder must ensure persons have adequate knowledge, skills, support, etc
66Well operator must assess conditions below ground before well is designed
67Well operator must continue to assess conditions below ground
68Well operator must ensure well designed to allow safe suspension or abandonment
69Well operator must ensure use of appropriate materials
70Well operator to ensure use of suitable well control equipment
71Well operator must prepare and implement well examination scheme
72Well operator must retain records of well examination scheme
73Well operator must notify WorkSafe before well-drilling operations
74Well operator must notify WorkSafe of certain workover and well intervention operations
75WorkSafe may grant exemptions from notice requirement
76Well operator must make and retain daily well operation reports
78Duty holder must notify dangerous occurrences
79Duty holder must prepare emergency response plan
80Duty holder must regularly review emergency response plan
81Duty holder must ensure safe accommodation
82Duty holder must ensure temporary refuge provided
83Duty holder must establish escape routes and provide offshore life-saving equipment
84Management of particular hazards in all installations
87Regulations revoked
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