|CEFAS Ranked List:
||It is essential that the same name, as given in the CEFAS Ranked List or the relevant PETS permit, is used when reporting chemical spills, where applicable. Where a chemical is not on the CEFAS Ranked List or the permit because it is exempt from the Offshore Chemical Regulations 2002, this should still be reported as a chemical spill. However, if this is a largely oil based chemical, it should be reported as an oil spill not a chemical spill.
|Reporting of Accidental Chemical spills:
All accidental chemical spills should be reported to BEIS and HM Coastguard using a PON 1 (Word document). There is guidance (Word document) available on the use and completion of the PON1. Note that there is a separate box on the revised PON1 for chemical spills.
A decision on whether to report a spill as an oil spill or chemical spill can be made depending on whether the substance spilt has been permitted under the Offshore Chemical Regulations 2002 (e.g. drilling fluids), in which case it should be reported as a chemical spill, or not (e.g. reservoir hydrocarbons, lube oils, diesel, etc.), in which case it should be reported as an oil spill.
When the spill is large/significant/ongoing then the earliest possible notification is required as per the PON1 guidance. Where only a small spill has occurred, a fax report is required, and this should be submitted within 6 hours of the spill.
Where there is a risk of significant pollution from a chemical spill incident, BEIS will inform the Secretary of State Representative (SOSREP). The SOSREP has powers of intervention and may issue directions to contain or remove the pollution risk. If any directions issued have not been effective, the SOSREP can take any further action he feels necessary, including sinking or destroying all or part of an offshore installation or taking control of the installation.
|Reporting of excursion to Chemical Permit:
Unscheduled operational discharge of chemicals or a discharge that is not undertaken in accordance with the conditions detailed in the permit application or a discharge that is undertaken for the purpose of securing the safety of any person (force majeure), should not be reported on the PON1.
In these cases, the Permit Condition non-compliance Notification Form (Word document) is to be used for reporting any identified non-compliances against Chemical Permit Conditions issued under the provisions of the Offshore Chemical Regulations 2002.