regarding OISD issued by Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, New Delhi vide
No. R-13013/4/84-0R-I dated Jan 10, 1986 and R-21016/1/2006OR-I(pt-II) dated
July 16, 2008
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T I O N
The Government of India, in the Ministry of
Petroleum and Natural Gas, have had under consideration, for some time, the
need to have a special self regulating industry agency for safety matters and
procedures in respect of the hydro-carbon sector. To ensure proper
implementation of the various aspects of safety in the oil industry, the
Government of India have decided to set up a Safety Council at the apex, under
the administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
The Safety Council will be headed by the
Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas as Chairman, and will
include the Joint Secretaries and Advisers in the Ministry of Petroleum &
Natural Gas, the Chief Executives of all the Public Sector Undertakings of the
oil industry, the Chief Controller of Explosives and Adviser (Fire) to the
Government of India, and the Director General of Factory Advice, Service and
Labour Institutes and at least two Chief Executives from private / JV
companies, on rotation basis as members. The major objectives of the Safety
Council will be to lay down the procedures and guidelines in the matter of
design, operations and maintenance as also the creation of new assets with a
view to achieving the highest safety standards in a cost effective manner.
The Safety Council will be assisted by a Safety
Directorate. This organisation will have expertise in the design of facilities,
operations, maintenance; fire and safety aspects, industrial hygiene etc. To
keep the expertise upto the date, the Safety Directorate will be manned by
experts from the oil industry, who will be appointed on tenure basis. The
Executive Director of this Directorate will be of the rank of General Manager
or Chief General Manager, and will be assisted by such staff of the safety
Directorate as may be considered necessary. He will report to the Chairman of
the Safety Council.
The Safety Directorate shall have the following
functions and responsibilities:
the implementation of all the decisions of the Safety Council,
abreast of the latest design and operating practices in the area of safety and
fire fighting in the hydro-carbon processing industry in the developed
countries, so as to develop standards and codes that would be suitable for the
conditions in India;
with the statutory organisations on current views and developments and help
evolve a concerted effort for the industry;
out periodic safety audits, review, suggest procedures for improvements and
report on the implementation of the suggestions to Safety Council;
the relevant information and exchange it with the members of the Oil Industry
including information regarding near accidents, accidents and disasters
occurring in the oil industry, and shall also organise inter-country meetings
for exchange of experience;
out enquiries into accidents, whenever required, and provide support to Enquiry
Committees set up by the Government;
implementation of all approved codes of practices for industrial hygiene;
practices in the storage and handling of dangerous chemicals and ensure
compliance with latest standards.
disaster control procedures and company preparedness;
implant training programmes with regard to safety;
critical drawing/layouts that need to be vetted by Safety Specialists at the
design stage and carryout spot checks of design standards based on site audit
findings to serve as feed-back for establishing new standards at the design
zoning regulations around installations and advise industry/state DIC's, and
implementation of regulations and best safety practices in offshore Exploration
& Production operations.
The Safety Directorate shall have the authority
to requisition the services of senior personnel from the hydro-carbon industry,
to assist it in conducting any study/safety audits enquiry. The Safety
Directorate shall have the responsibility and authority to direct any
hydrocarbon industry unit to implement safety measures, found necessary on a
time bound programme.
The following activities of Public Sector
Undertakings, Private Companies, Joint Ventures in the hydrocarbon industry shall come under the jurisdiction of the
Exploration and Production operations in onshore and offshore.
operations in the storage, transportation, distribution and marketing of crude
oil and petroleum products.
of hydrocarbons for the production of bulk petro-chemicals in the large scale
This Safety Council/Safety Directorate will not
supplant or, in any way, take away the present responsibilities of the various
statutory agencies like Director General of Mines and Safety, Chief Controller
of Explosives, Inspectorate of Boilers, Factory Inspectors etc. It will also
not dilute the responsibility of the Chief Executives of the oil industry, who
are ultimately responsible for the safety measures in their organisations.
8. The expenditure of the Safety Directorate will
be met by the Oil Industry Development Board. However, the expenditure on TA/DA
to the personnel requisitioned by the Safety Directorate to assist it in
conducting any study/safety audits/enquiry, will be met by the concerned
organisations to whom they belong.