Safety, Health and Welfare (Offshore Installations) Act, 1987

Installation manager.

11.—(1) (a) Every offshore installation which is an offshore installation to which the Act applies shall be under the charge of a person (in this Act referred to as an “installation manager”) who shall be appointed in writing by the owner of the installation and in accordance with such regulations (if any) under this section as are for the time being in force.

(b) Regulations under this section may include requirements as to qualifications, experience, health or age.

(c) In making an appointment pursuant to the requirements of this subsection the person making the appointment shall appoint to be an installation manager a person who, to the best of his knowledge and belief, has the skills and competence suitable for the appointment.

(d) Where an installation manager is appointed, the person by whom the appointment is made shall, as soon as may be after the making of the appointment, inform the Minister in writing of the appointment.

(2) (a) The Minister, after consultation with the Minister for Energy, may make regulations relating to the duties of an installation manager concerning the safety, health andwelfare of persons employed on, in or in the neighbourhood of an offshore installation.

(b) The proviso to section 5 (1) of this Act shall, with the necessary modifications, apply to regulations under this subsection.

(3) If at any time the owner of an offshore installation is satisfied that an installation manager appointed in pursuance of subsection (1) of this section does not have the requisite skills and competence, he shall terminate the appointment as soon as practicable, and shall, as soon as may be, give the Minister notice, in the form approved of for the time being for the purposes of this subsection by the Minister, of the action taken by him.

(4) It shall be the duty of the owner of an offshore installation, in order to ensure that an installation manager appointed under subsection (1) of this section is on the installation when it is manned, from time to time to place a person so appointed on the installation, and to ensure that he remains there until relieved, or for so long as it is manned.

(5) Regulations under this section may make different provisions for installation managers of different types of offshore installations or installation managers whose responsibilities differ in other respects.