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

Supervision by installation manager.

12.—(1) An offshore installation to which this Act applies shall not be used for exploration or exploitation unless daily personal supervision is exercised by the installation manager or, during any period during which—

(a) such manager is absent from the installation on leave or is prevented from carrying out his duties under this Act by sickness or other cause beyond his control, or

(b) as regards the installation, the office of installation manager is vacant,

by a person appointed by the owner of the installation (and having such qualifications (if any) as may be prescribed) to exercise such supervision during any such period.

(2) (a) Subsection (1) of this section shall not be construed as authorising the use for exploration or exploitation of an offshore installation to which this Act applies under the supervision of a person other than the installation manager for any period exceeding seven days (or such longer period as an inspector may allow).

(b) Where an inspector, in exercise of the power conferred on him by paragraph (a) of this subsection, extends a period of seven days, he may impose conditions regarding the use of the offshore installation concerned at any time during the period when the extension operates.

(c) Where a condition is imposed under this subsection, it shall be the duty of the owner of the offshore installation concerned to ensure that the condition is complied with.

(d) Where an inspector is satisfied that a condition imposed under this subsection is not complied with, he shall cancel the relevant extension under this subsection.

(3) A person appointed under subsection (1) of this section shall, in relation to any period during which he acts in exercise of his appointment, be treated for the purposes of this Act and of regulations thereunder in all respects as if he were the installation manager of the offshore installation concerned, but nothing in this subsection shall be construed as divesting an installation manager of any power, or relieving him from any duty or liability, conferred or imposed on him by or by virtue of this Act.