Standard Development
Standardisation is one of the major activities of OISD.It is required to keep abreast of the latest design and operating practices in the areas of safety and fire fighting in the hydrocarbon processing industry in the developed countries so as to develop standards and codes that would be suitable for the conditions prevailing in India. These OISD standards are periodically reviewed to incorporate the latest technological developments and experiences gained in their implementation so as to update them in line with the current international practices. Six OISD standards have been included in The Petroleum Rules (OISD STD 105,OISD STD 116,OISD STD 117,OISD STD 118,OISD STD 141,OISD STD 156) and Five OISD standards have been included in  the Gas Cylinder Rules (OISD STD 144,OISD STD 150,OISD STD 169,OISD STD 179,OISD STD 210) .
External Safety Audits
The External Safety Audits (ESAs) are conducted which involves hazard and risk identification and risk reduction, management of change and work permit system. Critical examinations of all the components of the Safety Management System viz. Management policy, management attitude towards safety, review of plant layouts, operating/inspection/maintenance procedures,  fire/accident records, fire protection facilities, safety training etc. In addition to this, Pre-commissioning safety audits (PCSAs) and Surprise Safety Audits (SSAs) are also conducted.
Offshore Safety Regulatory Activities
Pre-Commissioning Safety Audits

Pre-Commissioning Safety Audit (PCSA) of all new projects as also expansion of units in the existing locations are carried out by OISD as per directive from MoPNG.These audits are carried out on chargeable basis.

Safety Performance Evaluation
Safety performance of the organisations in the oil industry is  evaluated every year through a safety award scheme instituted by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Evaluation of performance is done by specially developed system based on the hazard potential, safety management system,losses due to incidient and complexity. The safety awards are given in the following categories:

  • Refineries
  • POL Marketing Organisations
  • LPG Marketing Organisations
  • Oil & Gas Assets
  • Cross Country Pipelines
  • Lube Oil Blending Plants
  • Other Processing Organisations 
Conducting Training Programme/Workshop
Technical workshops covering all activities of hydrocarbon sector are organized to discuss latest developments, sharing of experiences etc. Case studies of major incidents are presented/discussed to prevent recurrence of similar incidents. Special programme to enhance construction safety has been developed for imparting training to workers and supervisors at site. International conferences and exhibitions are organized for the purpose of cross learning with active participation of experts from various fields.
Accident Reporting & Investigation
OISD maintains a database of accidents taking place in the oil industry. The analysis of these incidents is shared with the industry to avoid recurrence. OISD also investigates the major incidents.