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.

Reprint as at 15 May 2017

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

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

(LI 2016/18)

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 15th day of February 2016

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.

These regulations are made under sections 24(1)(m), 211, and 218 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015—


on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council; and


on the recommendation of the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety made after complying with sections 217 and 219 of that Act.


4Meaning of independent
5Transitional, savings, and related provisions
6Previous compliance with regulations counted as compliance by successor
7Application of Part 2
8Duty to ensure safety of installation
9Duty to appoint installation manager
10Duty of petroleum workers to comply with reasonable instructions
11Duty to take steps to manage hazardous liquids, vapours, or gases
12Duty to ensure safe disposal of waste petroleum
13Duty to take precautions with sources of ignition
14Application of Part 3
15Duty to prepare major accident prevention policy
16Duty to review major accident prevention policy
17Duty to keep record relating to major accident prevention policy
18Application of Part 4
19Duty to submit design notice to WorkSafe
20Duty to submit relocation notice to WorkSafe
21Duty to give notice of combined operation to WorkSafe
22Prohibition on operating installation without accepted safety case
23Requirements for safety case
24Duty to engage with petroleum workers
25Duty to prepare safety case where production exceeds threshold quantities for lower-tier production installation
26WorkSafe may request further information
27WorkSafe must notify decision on safety case
28Criteria for accepting safety case
29WorkSafe may impose limitations or conditions on safety case
30WorkSafe may reject safety case
31Duty to revise safety case in certain situations
32WorkSafe may request revised safety case
33Duty to submit revised safety case within 5 years
34Decision on revised safety case
35WorkSafe may withdraw acceptance of safety case
36Duty to ensure compliance with safety case requirements
37WorkSafe may consent to conduct of activity otherwise than in accordance with safety case
38Duty to keep record of safety case
39Application of Part 5
40Duty to ensure installation has compliant certificate of fitness
41When installation treated as no longer complying with certificate of fitness
42WorkSafe may recognise inspection body
43Conditions of recognition
44Withdrawal of recognition of inspection body
45WorkSafe must publish recognition or withdrawal of recognition in Gazette
46Inspection body must carry out inspections and issue certificates of fitness
47Meaning of verification scheme
48Duty to develop verification scheme
49WorkSafe may recognise verification schemes
50Implementation of verification scheme
51Withdrawal of recognition of verification scheme
52Duty to keep verification scheme under review
53Duty to ensure verification scheme given continuous effect
54Duty to keep record of verification scheme
55Application of Part 6
56Primary duty of permit operator of well operation
57Duty to ensure persons have adequate knowledge, skills, support, etc
58Petroleum workers must comply with instructions of permit operator of well operation
59Duty to assess conditions below ground before well is designed
60Duty to continue to assess conditions below ground
61Duty to ensure well designed to allow safe suspension or abandonment
62Duty to ensure use of appropriate materials
63Duty to ensure use of suitable well control equipment
64Duty to prepare and implement well examination scheme
65Duty to keep records of well examination scheme
66Duty to notify WorkSafe before well-drilling operations commence
67Duty to notify WorkSafe of certain workover and well intervention operations
68Criteria for granting exemption under Act from notice requirements
69Duty to keep daily well operation reports
70Declaration of notifiable incidents
71Duty to notify notifiable incidents
72Duty to prepare emergency response plan
73Duty to regularly review emergency response plan
74Duty to ensure safe accommodation
75Duty to ensure temporary refuge provided
76Duty to establish escape routes and provide offshore life-saving equipment
77Management of particular hazards in all installations
Gazette Information
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