The International Regulators' Forum (IRF) was established in 1994 by a group of government agencies which wanted to promote a common understanding of issues related to health, safety and the environment.
The IRF provides an arena for exchanging ideas and opinions about methods and principles concerning efficient supervision of safety and the working environment. Members swap facts on their supervision activities and inform each another about relevant technical issues, regulatory developments, and so forth.
Within the scope and limitations created by the national frameworks for member activities, this collaboration will help to promote a common understanding of such issues as:
- The role of the regulatory authorities
- Use of policy instruments in supervision
- Supervision methods
- Expertise development
- The relationship between regulators and the industry.
The following participate in the IRF in addition to Norway:
National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA)
Agencia de Nacional de Petroleo (ANP)
Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB)
Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB)
Danish Working Environment Authority
National Agency for Industrial Safety and Environmental Protection (ASEA)
State Supervision of Mines (SSM)
Occupational Health and Safety Service of the Department of Labour (DoL)
Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, (BSEE)