Rules and guidelines on health and safety on offshore installations etc.

A number of acts and regulations governing health and safety conditions on offshore installations, etc.

Acts and regulations in English are unofficial translation and meant purely as a guidance tool, and the Danish Working Environment Authority does not assume any liability for their contents in English. Only acts and regulations in Danish are official version and in force. In case of discrepancy, the original Danish text shall prevail.

  • Please note that the below-mentioned rules may be outdated. We refer to www.retsinformation.dk where you can find the rules in force, but only in Danish.

The Offshore Safety Act

Consolidated Act no. 125 of 6 February 2018 - The Offshore Safety Act

The act regulates safety of offshore installations etc., the working environment on the installations and other health conditions, as well as prevention of major environmental incidents in connection with offshore oil and gas operations.

The Subsoil Act

Consolidated Act No. 960 of 13 September 2011 regarding the use of the Danish suboil (Subsoil Act).

The act regulates general licenses for exploration and extraction of minerals from the subsoil, but also certain safety and environmental aspects of installations for exploration and extraction and other activities related to the exploration and extraction of mineral resources. Certain activities offshore need approvals after this act.

Continental Shelf Act

Consolidated Act No. 1101 of 18 November 2005 on the Continental Shelf as amended by Act No. 548 of 6 June 2007, section 2, and Act No 1400 of 27 December 2008, section 3, and Act No 427 of 18 May 2016, section 6, and Act No 1401 of 5 December 2017 and Act No 1542 of 19 December 2017, section 2.

The act regulates the exploitation of the continental shelf, including safety and environmental conditions on transit pipelines.

Executive Orders

There are a number of Executive Orders, which contain detailed regulation, and guidelines which explain the rules pursuant to the above mentioned acts.

EU Regulations

In addition to Danish acts and regulations, the EU has issued Regulations, which are directly applicable to businesses and citizens across the EU. Therefore, it is not required to implement these in national rules, which is the case with directives. One such Regulation is the so-called REACH regulation involving chemicals, including the use of chemicals on offshore installations etc.