The new Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) was established 1 January 2004 as a consequence of the Storting process surrounding the Storting White Paper No.17 (2002-2003) on State supervision bodies.
The PSA has the regulatory responsibility for safety, emergency preparedness and the working environment in the petroleum activities.
This responsibility was transferred from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) 1 January 2004. With the establishment of the PSA, regulations relating to health, safety and environment (HSE) in the petroleum activities continues with the PSA as the responsible authority. (See "Objectives and duties")