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Regulatory principles

Some important principles in the regulations for the petroleum industry on the Norwegian continental shelf are presented here.

Risk-based regulations 
Norway’s regulations for petroleum operations offshore and on land are risk-based, and give great emphasis to principles for reducing health, safety and environmental (HSE) risk.

The aim is to minimise the threat of accidents, personal injuries, occupational illness and environmental damage. See section 11 of the framework regulations on risk reduction principles.

Generalised requirements
The structure of the regulations reflects the fact that most of the requirements are generalised – in other words, they apply to all the regulations but appear only in one place.

Examples include section 2 of the framework regulations on the scope of application and section 5 of the management regulations on barriers.

The text and the context will make it clear when a requirement does not apply across the full scope of the regulations. See the guidelines to section 2 of the framework regulations on the scope of application.

The responsible party
“The responsible party” pursuant to these regulations is the operator and others participating in operations. The responsible party must ensure compliance with the requirements specified in the HSE legislation.

See the framework regulations – section 7 on responsibilities pursuant to these regulations and section 18 on qualification and follow-up of other participants, in both cases with their guidelines.

The specific provisions make it clear if requirements apply to the operator alone, for example. If no specific party is named, the requirement applies to the responsible party.

Employees must participate in ensuring compliance with the regulations. See section 7 of the framework regulations on responsibilities pursuant to these regulations.


Learn more about this regulatory principle in section 24 of the framework regulations on the use of recognised standards, with guidelines.