The primary focus of our efforts is to ensure that operators take all reasonable precautions to prevent potential emergencies that may pose a threat to the health and safety of offshore workers or the environment.
We prepare, too.
We have our own emergency response plans and conduct our own emergency exercises, some of which are done in coordination with other governmental departments, agencies and regulators. This is so we are prepared in the unlikely event of an emergency.
The regulations we enforce require operators to have specially designed systems, safeguards, and procedures in place at all times. Offshore workers receive extensive training to prevent an accidental release of oil or gas.
Operators are expected to have a full suite of preventative control and emergency response measures to demonstrate that reasonable precautions will be used to ensure safety and environmental protection are being taken. It’s our job to ensure operators have properly identified all reasonable major hazards associated with carrying out the proposed activity and that the risk associated with the activity have been properly assessed. We ensure operators have identified all precautions that could reasonably be expected in order to mitigate these risks and potential impacts.
Before any activity can take place, operators must meet our regulatory requirements and our expectations before we consider granting an Activity Authorization. This includes operators having the appropriate plans in place to be prepared for all potential emergencies and making sure they have the ability to respond to and minimize the effects of any offshore emergency.
We ensure the effective emergency response plans are in place and will conduct emergency response exercises appropriate for their oil and gas activities. Once we approve an activity and issue an Activity Authorization, we complete ongoing monitoring during the lifecycle of the activity ensuring the operator is compliant with regulatory requirements related to emergency response and mitigation.
Learn more about emergency prevention and preparedness efforts required by operators below.