The International Regulators' Forum was formed in 1993 to provide international leadership on safety and safety-related regulatory matters for offshore oil and gas activities, continue to strengthen sharing of regulatory practice and experience, and provide a sounding board for key initiatives of members.
The IRF hosts an Offshore Safety Conference every two to three years that brings together regulators, industry, researchers, non-profits and others to examine issues related to risks offshore and increase safety and environmental performance.
Australia - National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority
Brazil - National Agency of Oil, Gas and Biofuels
- Canada - Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board
- Canada - Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board
- Canada Energy Regulator
Denmark - Danish Working Environment Authority
Ireland - Commission for Regulation of Utilities
Mexico - National Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment of Mexico
The Netherlands - State Supervision of Mines
New Zealand - WorkSafe New Zealand
Norway - The Petroleum Safety Authority
United Kingdom – Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Offshore Petroleum Regulator for Environment and Decommissioning (OPRED)
United States - Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
The objectives of the IRF are:
to promote best sustainable safety performance globally
to enable an exchange of information among regulators on:
- offshore health and safety trends
- industry health and safety performance
- lessons from incidents
- industry practices
- regulatory practice
- measuring the effectiveness of regulatory activities
to provide a network of offshore petroleum health and safety regulators for mutual support and advise when required
These are achieved through annual general meetings, continuous communication among members between annual meetings, and an IRF hosted conference every two to three years.
The IRF has four working groups
Asset Integrity - is to identify how companies are managing the maintenance of safety-critical equipment.
Culture - to find a management number of elements/indicators of culture that impact process safety performance within the IRF member countries to prevent major hazard incidents. The Culture working group's report from 2016/17 is available here.
Performance Measures - to better identify risks and thereby focus IRF engagement with industry.
Standards - identify priorities for the development and / or revision of global standards applicable to the offshore oil and gas industry.
IRF Management Committee
Chairman, Sue McCarrey, NOPSEMA, Australia
Chris Flint, HSE, UK
Stacey Noem, BSEE, USA