The Cullen Report into the Piper Alpha disaster recommended a new approach to regulating health and safety on the UK Continental Shelf based on a goal-setting philosophy.

The UK health and safety authorities have been developing new legislation to implement Lord Cullen's recommendations.

This paper sets out how a goal-setting approach towards health and safety legislation has been developed in the UK. It describes the key elements of the goal-setting philosophy; outlines the new goal-setting regulations which have been put in place or which are in the course of development; and describes other actions being taken to promote a stronger safety culture offshore.

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