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Tripartite cooperation

Regulatory Forum

The Regulatory Forum is a tripartite arena for companies, unions and government concerned with the development and maintenance of the HSE regulations for Norway’s petroleum sector.

Established in 1986, this forum is chaired by the PSA and provides a meeting place for representatives of employees, employers and government.

It gives these parties the opportunity to keep continuously abreast of work on the regulations and to make their views known on important proposals along the way. That leads in turn to a stronger ownership of and consensus on final proposals for regulatory development.

In addition, the forum contributes to clarifying differences and similarities between operations on land and offshore.

The forum is intended to facilitate:

  • information about and discussion, advice and possible feedback on the work of developing and maintaining the HSE regulations for the petroleum sector.
  • information about and discussion on the practical implementation and utilisation of the HSE regulations.

The following items are included in the agenda as and when relevant:

  • plans for regulatory development
  • mandates for specific regulatory work
  • status reports related to ongoing regulatory work
  • collaboration on regulatory development
  • coordination of external consultation processes
  • draft EU directives/EEA implementation
  • information about interpretations of matters of principle
  • information on standardisation work
  • information on consultation documents prepared by other players
  • information from the parties concerning ongoing activities of interest to the forum
  • in-depth presentations of important issues
  • other subjects related to setting parameters in the petroleum sector which could also be relevant.


The Regulatory Forum comprises representatives from

  • Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (observer)
  • The Cooperating Organisations (DSO - the Norwegian Union of Marine Engineers and the Norwegian Maritime Officers' Association)
  • United Federation of Trade Unions
  • Norwegian Directorate of Health
  • Norwegian Union of Industry and Energy Workers (IE)
  • Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO)
  • Norwegian Organisation of Managers and Executives (Lederne)
  • Norwegian Environment Agency
  • Norwegian Shipowners Association (NR)
  • Federation of Norwegian Industries
  • Norwegian Oil and Gas Association
  • PSA
  • Norwegian Union of Energy Workers (Safe)
  • Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA)


Hilda Kjeldstad

Head of regulatory development