§ 1 Scope
These regulations have a limited scope in relation to the Framework Regulations. The regulations are limited to apply to activities at onshore facilities, and they do not regulate the Norwegian Environment Agency's area of responsibility. As regards health related matters, the regulations apply to onshore facilities covered by the Petroleum Act, cf. Section 2 and Section 16, third subsection of the Framework Regulations.
Regulations laid down by the Ministry of Labour 6 December 2011, pursuant to the Working Environment Act, and entering into force 1 January 2013 apply directly to the petroleum activities, with the specifications and limitations given in the individual regulations. The requirements of these regulations must be complied with as an integrated part of the comprehensive regulations for the petroleum activities, relating to health, safety and the environment. In addition, reference is made to the lawmirror (in Norwegian only) of the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority, in which the requirement of the regulations that are being repealed upon entering into force of the new regulations in pursuance of the Working Environment Act, are included.
These regulations Section 4 exempts certain regulations stipulated by the Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DSB) from applying on the Petroleum Safety Authority’s area of responsibility. This typically regards regulations that govern ”the core activities” of the petroleum activities, and which therefore are regulated specifically in the petroleum regulations. This ensures that the industry is subject to a regulation that is as comprehensive as possible.
DSB and the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority have prepared several guidelines for their regulations, which, in addition to these guidelines, can also be used as a basis for understanding and fulfilment of requirements in the Technical and Operational Regulations, unless the guidelines belong to regulations that are exempt for the petroleum activities. In particular, this is of significance for the part of the industry that carries out services across the various areas of authority.