Marex - Safety Cases

What is involved in the development of a Safety Case

Companies that have their own well supported safety departments may choose to carry out their own Safety Case development, but most employ specialist consultants who are experienced Safety Case practitioners.

The Safety Case needs to be a summary of aspects of the operation of the offshore installation involved. It should contain details of the systems on board the unit which are considered to be safety critical. It should summarise the safety management system, it should contain details of the risk assessment process undertaken to identify and reduce the frequency and consequences of major hazards and it should be provided with details of the emergency procedures and systems in place.

In any Safety Case which is going to require UK CA acceptance, the section on emergency response should be a summary of the PFEER (Prevention of Fire Explosion and Emergency Response Regulations) assessment.

The safety case may also contain an improvement programme, which will be taken into account by the regulators when considering the case for approval.

In the UK offshore environment the regulations directly associated with the safety case are:

The Offshore Installations (Offshore Safety Directive) (Safety Case etc) Regulations 2015
The Prevention of Fire and Explosion and Emergency Response Regulations (PFEER)
The Management and Administration Regulations (MAR)
The Design and Construction Regulations (DCR)
The Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives and Safety Committees) Regulations 1989.

The International Association of Drilling Contractors (The IADC) have in place a template ,with guidance, for an International HSE Case.