The Falklands have in place a raft of Health & Safety legislation largely mirroring that of the North Sea. This ensures that any exploration operations are carried out safely and to best practice.
The rig owner must submit a safety case demonstrating that it can drill safely in Falklands waters. This safety case is reviewed by the UK’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE), which may also inspect the rig while on location.
All well designs are also reviewed by HSE, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the British Geological Survey and are not approved unless they are deemed safe. Finally, all operators are bound by the terms of their licence to use a blowout preventer while drilling.
Companies’ Health & Safety policies and management systems include:
|Offshore Installations and Wells (Design & Construction) Order 1998|
|Offshore Health & Safety order 1998|
|Offshore Minerals (Health & Safety)(Amendment) Order 2008|
|Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences 1998|
|Offshore Installations (Prevention of Fire and Explosion and Emergency Response) Order 1998|
|Offshore Installations and Pipeline Works (Management & Administration) Order 1998|
|Management of Health & Safety at Work Order 1998|
|Offshore Minerals (application of employers' liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969) Regulations 1998|
|Personal Protective Equipment at Work Order 1998|
|Diving at Work Order 1998|
|Diving at Work Order (Correction) 1998|
|Provision and Use of Work Equipment Order 2008|
|Offshore Installations (Safety Case) Order 2008|
|Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (Application outside the Falkland Islands) Order 2008|