The paper shares some of the lessons learned by the UK Health and Safety regulatory authority (HSE) in the 10 years since Regulations were introduced requiring a Safety Case for every offshore oil and gas installation. It highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the requirements and outlines some important changes under consideration to improve the effectiveness of Safety Cases. These may be of assistance to those who use the concept of a Safety Case in their regulatory regimes.
Keywords:regime, information, installation, proposal, regulation, risk and uncertainty assessment, hse, requirement, safety case, society of petroleum engineers
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