PAME is the focal point of the Arctic Council’s activities related to the protection and sustainable use of the Arctic marine environment and provides a unique forum for collaboration on a wide range of activities in this regard.

Day 1 of the @_Arctic_Circle kicks off with a break-out session on the achievements of the @ArcticCouncil Working Groups. With speakers from:
@CAFFSecretariat @EPPR_Arctic @PAMESecretariat @sdwgsecretariat @GenderArctic

Meeting the @CAFFSecretariat and @PAMESecretariat together with @PVuorimaki for very useful talks on current work issues like shipping, migratory birds and other areas of cooperation. We are all very jealous of that fantastic office view!

PAME II-2021 has now finished. Many thanks to all Members, Permanent Participants and Observers for your contributions. See you in Stockholm in February 💙

What a humbling experience to chair 165 marine experts from the Arctic countries and elsewhere during PAME II-2021. During the Swedish Chairmanship PAME (Arctic Council) works on 39 activities all related to increasing the protection of the Arctic Ocean.

PAME II-2021 is just about to start with Sweden chairing 2021-2023. The work plan covers 39 activities during this period. See more on

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Arctic Council for 25 years
Video messages celebrating the anniversary (September 2021)
Pame Chair: Jessica Nilsson
First PAME Chair: Per Schive

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA)

About HSE regulations for the petroleum activities 
Priority areas


Press centre
Priority areas
Facts and statistics
Public case registers


The HSE regulations assume that petroleum activities are prudent with respect to health, safety and the environment. They have been developed to serve as a good tool for the industry and for the authorities, and to facilitate good collaboration between the parties. To this end, the regulations largely set functional requirements, with standards and norms expanding on the regulations’ prudence level.

Regulatory news

New HSE regulations offshore and onshore
Regulatory Forum


Acts under PSA's area of authority

Petroleum activities
Working environment
Harmful tobacco effects 
The Fire and Explosion Prevention Act (in Norwegian only)
The Electrical Supervision Act (in Norwegian only)
Wage agreements application (in Norwegian only)
The Svalbard Act(in Norwegian only)

Other Acts  (to which the HSE regulations are pursuant)

Pollution and waste
Health personnel (in Norwegian only) 
Patients' rights (in Norwegian only) 
Communicable diseases control (in Norwegian only)
Health and social preparedness (in Norwegian only) 
Product control (in Norwegian only) 


To get the official versions of the PSA regulations, printouts should use the PDF format for these 

Regulations after 1.1.2011

Framework HSE
Framework HSE guidelines
Management guidelines
Technical and operational
Technical and operational guidelines
Facilities guidelines
Activities guidelines

Regulations before 1.1.2011

Framework HSE
Framework HSE guidelines
Management guidelines
Information duty
Information duty guidelines
Facilities guidelines
Activities guidelines

The most central regulations offshore and onshore

Framework HSE
Technical and Operational

Regulations on Svalbard: 

Regulations relating to safe practice in exploration and exploration drilling for petroleum deposits on Svalbard

Other regulations - applicable in full or in parts offshore

Regulations to Act relating to petroleum activities
Safety delegates
Generic defects
Ionizing radiation

Prohibited anchoring and fishing

Ekofisk area
Statfjord area
Statfjord B
Statfjord C
Gullfaks A
Gullfaks A og B
Snorre subsea
Draugen field
Norne field
Heidrun field
Troll B platform
Åsgard field
Balder field
Njord field

Machinery (in Norwegian only)
Regulations relating to employers' use of approved company health services, and approval of company health services   (in Norwegian only)
Regulations relating to obligatory approved company health services in enterprises of certain branches   (in Norwegian only)
Work with computer monitors (the computer monitor regulations) (in Norwegian only)
Welding, thermal cutting, thermal spraying, carbon arc gouging, soldering and grinding, with guidelines (in Norwegian only)
Heavy and monotonous work (in Norwegian only)
Protection against exposure to chemicals in the workplace (the Chemical Regulations) (in Norwegian only)
Handling of explosives  (in Norwegian only)
Flammable goods (in Norwegian only)
High voltage installations (in Norwegian only)
Low voltage installations  (in Norwegian only)
Qualifications for electrical professionals (in Norwegian only)
Supply of medicinal products etc. in the municipal health service (in Norwegian only)
Flight over the continental shelf – commercial aviation to and from the helicopter deck on permanent and mobile offshore installations (in Norwegian only)
Mobile offshore units with production plants and equipment Construction of mobile offshore units (in Norwegian only)
Evacuation and lifesaving appliances on mobile offshore units (in Norwegian only)
Standby vessels (in Norwegian only)
Construction of mobile offshore units (in Norwegian only)
Anchoring/positioning systems on mobile offhsore units (in Norwegian only)
Stability, watertight subdivision and watertight/weathertight closing means on mobile offshore units (in Norwegian only)
Certificates and qualification requirements for crews on mobile offshore units (in Norwegian only)
Safety signs and signals in the workplace (in Norwegian only)
Use of personal protective equipment in the workplace (in Norwegian only)
Use of work equipment (in Norwegian only)
Simple pressure vessels  (in Norwegian only)
Construction, design and manufacture of personal protective equipment (in Norwegian only)
Aerosols (in Norwegian only)
Electrical equipment (in Norwegian only)
EMC  (in Norwegian only)
ATEX  (in Norwegian only)


Framework HSE
Technical and Operational Regulations
DDRS reporting
CODAM reporting
AOC guidelines
Guidelines PDO/PIO (in Norwegian only)


Framework HSE
Technical and Operational Regulations


The guidelines to the regulations often refer to recognized standards as a way to fulfill the functional requirements in the regulations. International standards, like ISO, IEC and EN standards, will normally not be available in full-text on the Internet. These standards can be ordered from the national standardisation organization. This will also apply to most national standards, like API-standards. However, some petroleum-related standards, e.g. those issued by NORSOK, DnV and OLF, are available in full-text on the Internet. Below you will find links to websites where you can order or download standards that are referred to in the guidelines.

The Norwegian Standards Association (NSF) Sells and markets EN-, NS-, ISO- og IEC-standards
Det norske Veritas (DnV) DnV OS-standards
The Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF) OLF guidelines
American Petroleum Institute (API) API standards
International Maritime Organization (IMO) IMO codes og resolutions
Nordtest (NT) NT methods
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) AODC publications
AGA, American Gas Association
ASTM International (ASTM)
The International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML)
Petrotechnical Open Software Corporation (POSC)


International agreements

Publications - Annual publications from the Petroleum Safety Authority:

Safety - status and signals
This is the annual report from the PSA in a magazine format. Its articles summarise and look ahead to some of the most important challenges in the year to come. The goal is to make the topics accessible and thought-provoking both for those working in the industry and for readers with a general interest in the safety aspects of Norway's oil and gas industry. The publication is released both in hard copy and an electronic version..

The PSA's annual report – fact section In addition to the Safety - status and signals magazine, the PSA publishes an annual facts section of its annual report. This is issued electronically in late April and coincides with the publication of the trends in risk level report (see below). The fact section deals with important results from our activities. Furthermore, the report contains brief information on personal injuries, work-related illness, leaks, fires anddamage to structures and pipelines.

Trends in risk level The Trends in risk level(RNNP) was initiated in 1999/2000 to develop and apply a measurement tool to show the development in risk levels in the petroleum sector. The project focuses on personal risk, and comprises major accidents, work accidents and selected working environment factors.

Topical pamphlets/publications:

"HSE and culture",
"Thought processes"

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