THE PRIME MINISTER

Decision No. 04/2015/QD-TTg dated January 20, 2015 of the Prime Minister on petroleum operational safety management
Pursuant to the Law on Government Organization dated December 25, 2001;
Pursuant to the Law on Petroleum dated December 18, 2013;
After considering the request of the Minister of Industry and Trade,
The Prime Minister hereby promulgates the Decision on the oil and gas operational safety management
Chapter I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
Article 1. Scope of application and applicable entities
1. This Decision provides provisions on the safety management in petroleum industry operations including search, exploration, mining development, extraction, mine demolition, storage, transportation of oil and gas, and oil refining, chemistry, oil and gas processing and beneficiation, also inclusive of technical services directly supporting these operations which are rendered on lands and territorial waters of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
2. This Decision shall apply to organizations, individuals and administrative agencies engaged in petroleum industry operations carried out on lands and territorial waters of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Article 2. Interpretation of terms
Terms used herein shall be construed as follows:
1. Safety activity refers to the implementation of organizational and technical measures to be taken to prevent any emergency or accident to protect humans, environment and property.
2. Petroleum facilities include floating instruments, a complex of mobile or stationary equipment or structures which have been developed, provided and installed on lands and territorial waters in order to support oil and gas operations.
3. Competent administrative agency refers to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministries and ministerial-level agencies, Governmental bodies, People’s Committees of centrally-affiliated provinces, cities and others in accordance with laws or the Government’s delegation of authority.
4. Organization, individual refers to the administrator, contractor, and other domestic and foreign entities directing oil and gas industry operations.
5. Emergency and/or incident refers to an event that happens incidentally, and causes or likely leads to an accident.
6. Accident refers to an emergency resulting in fatalities, missing or injured persons; leading to damage to property or environment; influencing production activities at petroleum structures or facilities.
7. Risk refers to the combination of probabilities that emergencies or accidents may happen, and their consequences.
8. Risk assessment refers to the careful examination of potential risks based on acceptable levels of risk and the introduction of measures sufficient to reduce risks to a reasonable and appropriate level.
9. Risk analysis refers to the systematic identification and classification of risks to humans, environment and property.
10. Conversion of construction works refers to a change made to the configuration, features and use of a structure.