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Greg Gordon, John Paterson, and Emre Usenmez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781845861018

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861018.001.0001

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Health and Safety at Work Offshore

Health and Safety at Work Offshore

Chapter:
(p.187) Chapter 8 Health and Safety at Work Offshore
Source:
Oil and Gas Law
Author(s):

John Paterson

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861018.003.0008

This chapter considers the evolution of the legislative and regulatory approach to occupational health and safety for the oil and gas industry on the UK continental shelf. This reveals the particular circumstances that attended the adoption of the three distinct approaches that have now been tried and thus the degree of the challenge facing policy makers and regulators. Examining the development of regulation in this way also allows the particularity of the current permissioning regime to be properly understood. Finally, it allows an appraisal of the current regime’s ability to cope with the challenges thrown up by the maturity of the UKCS as a hydrocarbon province and by the proposed European Union intervention following the Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Keywords:   Risk, Prescriptive regulation, Piper Alpha, Goal-setting regulation, Safety Case

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