Councils, commissions and committees

Accident Investigation Board

The Accident Investigation Board investigates major accidents in connection with an installation, the connected infrastructure or a pipeline.

The Danish Working Environment Authority may order the Accident Investigation Board to investigate incidents that are deemed to be relevant for health and safety matters or relevant for prevention of major environmental incidents in connection with offshore oil and gas operations.

The rules on the Accident Investigation Board’s investigations are given in Executive Order on the Accident Investigation Board for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. The full version of the executive order can be read only in Danish, cf. bekendtgørelse om Havarikommissionen for Offshore Olie- og Gasaktiviteter 

The Danish Working Environment Authority appoints the members of an Accident Investigation Board.

The Accident Investigation Board

The Accident Investigation Board carries out investigations in the event of major accidents that originate from offshore installations, their equipment or external factors that have caused either death, serious injury to persons or serious damage to installations. Serious injuries are in general injuries that are permanent, results in loss of consciousness, requires the injured person to be urgently brought to land and which requires medical treatment beyond which can be provided offshore.
 
In addition to this, the Danish Working Environment Authority can instruct the Accident Investigation Board to investigate incidents that are deemed to be relevant for health and safety matters when offshore installations are used.
 
The Board's rules of procedure are laid down in Executive Order No. 1194 of 9 October 2015 amended in Executive ORder No. 1334 of 17 November 2016.
 
The Minister of Employment establishes the Accident Investigation Board.

Offshore Safety Council

The Offshore Safety Council is established pursuant to The Offshore Safety Act. The council has the task of assisting in the drafting of regulations under the Act, to follow the technical and social development on offshore installations and to discuss other matters covered by the Act etc.

The composition of the Council

The Council consists of a chairman and representatives from the following institutions, employers and labour organizations:

  • One member from the Danish Working Environment Authority.
  • One member from the Danish Maritime Authority.
  • One member from the Danish Transport, Construction and Housing Authority.
  • One member from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Five members from the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (Danish: Landsorganisationen i Danmark).
  • One member from FTF - Confederation of Professionals in Denmark.
  • One member which represents the Union of Danish Engineers (Danish: Maskinmestrenes Forening) and the Union of Danish Foremen (Danish: Dansk Formandsforening).
  • Eight members from the Confederation of Danish Employers and the Danish Shipoping.
  • One member from the Union of Maritime Leaders (Danish: Søfartens Ledere).

Members of the Offshore Safety Council are appointed by the Danish Working Environment Authority on recommendation from the represented authorities and organizations.
 
The Offshore Safety Council rules of procedure are laid down in Executive Order No. 1205 of 23 December 2015, amended in Executive ORder No. 1333 of 17 November 2016.

Working groups under the Offshore Safety Council

The Offshore Safety Council may establish working groups including committees, e.g. for drafting regulations. There is at present established only one the Offshore Safety Council's working group. Its primary task is to participate in the drafting of Executive Orders and Guidelines pursuant to the Offshore Safety Act.