Operators must take all reasonable precautions to ensure offshore oil and gas activities are conducted in a safe and responsible manner. We make sure that goals for health, safety and environmental performance are properly established in operators’ plans and management systems and that actual performance is measured and reported on.
For all immediate verbal incident notifications to the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, call our 24/7 phone line at 902-496-4444.
Operators must maintain safe operations and protect the environment in accordance with requirements described in our Regulatory Framework. Operators submit plans, such as a safety plan and environmental protection plan, in support of an application for authorization to conduct oil and gas activities. In these plans, health, safety and environmental performance expectations are established, which operators are then held accountable to achieve. Performance is measured against these expectations and reported on regularly.
Before we issue an authorization allowing offshore activities to commence, we make sure operators describe how they will ensure health, safety and environmental protection and that they have the necessary policies, procedures, plans, equipment and sufficiently trained and competent personnel in place to conduct their operations accordingly. We verify operators’ compliance with regulatory requirements and other commitments made through audits and inspections using a risk-based approach to identify areas of concern or potential risk. Furthermore, we monitor and follow-up on reportable incidents and near misses (including potential near misses).
Learn more about statistics and reports we receive and the audits and inspections we complete below.
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