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§ 16 Health-related matters

Health-related matters shall be safeguarded in a prudent manner during all phases of the offshore petroleum activities.
The responsible party shall ensure a sound health service for anyone who stays on facilities participating in offshore petroleum activities. The health service shall comprise preventive measures and provide curative services.
For health-related matters on onshore facilities, the general health and working environment legislation applies. For health-related matters on onshore facilities for petroleum activities, the Technical and Operational Regulations also apply.
Section last changed: 01 January 2011

This section's first and second subsections continue the current law for offshore petroleum activities. The requirement for prudent handling of health-related matters is founded in the Petroleum Act, the Working Environment Act and the health legislation. The definition of health-related matters is stated in Section 6, litera b. The regulations regarding occupational health service also apply to activities other than the petroleum activities. The provisions in the Framework Regulations and supplementary regulations regarding other health-related matters, which are administered by the health authorities, apply within the scope of the respective enabling provisions in acts and regulations.
The health service in the offshore petroleum activities should be of at least the same professional quality as the municipal health service.
The operator shall, through its health service, see to it that everyone staying on offshore facilities is provided necessary healthcare, including immediate assistance, on the facility or during transport until the land-based primary or specialist health service assumes this responsibility, if applicable. Healthcare includes both preventive and curative services. The operator shall ensure that the health service in the offshore petroleum activities can fulfil its tasks according to the health legislation. Reference is made to Section 16 of the Health Personnel Act (in Norwegian only), which is mentioned in the Guidelines regarding Section 7 of the Framework Regulations. (According to Section 16 of the Health Personnel Act (in Norwegian only), enterprises that provide healthcare, including offshore petroleum activities, shall be organised such that the health personnel are able to fulfil their statutory obligations.) Reference is further made to Section 5 of the Framework Regulations, which provides for application of e.g. the Patient's Rights Act (in Norwegian only) and the Health Personnel Act (in Norwegian only) in the offshore petroleum activities.
The health personnel are subject to requirements for professional practice of their trade. This follows from the Health Personnel Act (in Norwegian only), which contains the health legislation's general obligation provisions towards health personnel, cf. Section 5 of these regulations.
The operator's responsibility for health-related matters at onshore facilities for petroleum activities as mentioned in the third subsection, is regulated through the Technical and Operational Regulations as well as through other health and working environment legislation.