Operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations shall notify HHRM without delay, of any major hazard indicators, pursuant to Article 23 of L. 4409/2016 and shall submit the report referred to in the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1112/2014 within 10 working days of the event.
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Operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations shall notify HHRM about the event, without delay, by telephone or by e-mail. The information provided should be unambiguous and consist of all factual information and data available at the time of notification.
According to the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1112/2014 (“Determining a Common Format for Sharing of Information on Major Hazard Indicators by the Operators and Owners of Offshore Oil and Gas Installations and a Common Format for the Publication of the Information on Major Hazard Indicators by the Member States”), common formats are specified in relation to: (a) reports from operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations to competent authorities of Member States in accordance with Article 23 of Directive 2013/30/EU (b) publication of information by Member States in accordance with Article 24 of Directive 2013/30/EU. Operators and owners of offshore oil and gas installations shall submit the report referred to (a) above within 10 working days of the event.
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(pursuant to Art. 22 of L.4409/2016)
Employees of operators and owners, as well as any concerned individual, may contact HHRM at any point with safety concerns or possible irregularities detected, in a fully confidential manner, via telephone or by emailing their concern to the dedicated address (email@example.com). HHRM will fully protect the identity of the reporting person upon receipt of this report, and will ensure their anonymity, keeping also in accordance with the regulations on the protection of personal data.
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The report must include the name of the offshore facility and a detailed description of the issue of concern, including the date of a possible event. The amount of detail submitted (possibly including electronic files such as photos, videos etc) will make it easier for HHRM to assess the issue under consideration.
Following consideration by HHRM, safety concerns will be addressed in a manner proportionate to the concern raised. HHRM will firstly ascertain the facts behind the concern and whether they fall within its jurisdiction. It will then assess whether there has been any breach of Greek Offshore Safety legislation, ensure that any necessary remedial action is taken by the owner or the operator and take further enforcement action, if appropriate. Where the confidential report does not refer to an immediate safety concern, the topic may be included for investigation in an upcoming inspection. In any case, HHRM will promptly notify the reporting person about its intended actions and, in case of an investigation, its findings will be also communicated to them when completed.
Operators and owners are required to communicate the details of this mechanism for confidential reporting of safety concerns to their employees and contractors carrying out offshore oil and gas operations, and to ensure that reference to confidential reporting is included in relevant training sessions. Notices about the confidential reporting mechanism must be displayed on visible places on the offshore installation (bulletin board, computer room etc.).
[ 1 ] Law 4409/2016 (Official Government Gazette of the Hellenic Republic A’ 136 28.7.2016) “Framework on safety of offshore operations for exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons, transposition of the European Directive EU 2013/30, modification of the Presidential Decree 148/2009 and other provisions”
[ 2 ] DIRECTIVE 2013/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 June 2013 on safety of offshore oil and gas operations and amending Directive 2004/35/EC