OISD consists of a small core group of technical experts of various disciplines, on deputation from the industry.
OISD, headed by an Executive Director, gets its directions and guidance from the Safety Council, the apex body consisting of senior officials of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, chief executives of oil/gas companies and heads of the concerned statutory and advisory bodies.
OISD coordinates with experts from the industry through various committees to carry out its major activities.
The Safety Council / Safety Directorate does not supplant or, in any way take away the present responsibilities of various statutory agencies like DGMS, CCE, Inspectorate of Boilers, Factories Inspectors etc. It also does not dilute the responsibilities of the Chief Executives of the oil industry, who are ultimately responsible for the safety measures in their organizations.