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Overview of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works with offshore industries, academia, scientists, government agencies, and citizens to protect the offshore environment and keep workers safe.  The organization promotes safety, protects the environment, and conserves resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

The BSEE is supported by three regional offices located in New Orleans, LA, Camarillo, CA, and Anchorage, AK. The regional offices are responsible for reviewing Applications for Permit to Drill to ensure all of the recently implemented enhanced safety requirements are met and for conducting inspections of drilling rigs and production platforms using multi-person, multi-discipline inspection teams. BSEE’s inspectors issue Incidents of Non-Compliance and have the authority to fine companies through Civil Penalties for regulatory infractions. Regional and field operations personnel also investigate accidents and incidents.

Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)

Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) is a U.S. offshore operations management program mandated and enforced by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) to enhance the safety of offshore oil and gas operations by reducing the frequency and severity of accidents. The BSEE SEMS program, which is modeled after international programs for quality, safety, and environmental management systems, incorporates the elements of API RP 75 to focus both industry’s and BSEE’s attention, resources, and initiatives on recognizing and managing the impacts of human behavior, organizational structure, leadership, standards, processes and procedures, as well as, an underlying safety culture to promote continuous improvements in safety and environmental performance. 

SEMS has four primary objectives:

  1. Highlight the influences that human error and poor organization have on accidents;
  2. Improve the offshore industry's safety and environmental record;
  3. Encourage the use of performance-based operating practices; and
  4. Collaborate with industry in efforts to improve offshore worker safety and environmental protection.

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    Though new regulations have changed the way offshore companies operate, the need to make safety part of an enterprise sustainability management strategy has never been more important. As accountability moves higher up the chain of command, operators are coming under increasing pressure to place an emphasis on HSE - especially with regard to human factors and workforce training. At the same time, juggling compliance efforts with daily safety concerns has forced a re- thinking of how to evaluate SEMS and training systems for overall safe operation and to drive strategic decisions. David Munzenmaier, HSE&S Director GOM at Baker Hughes, recently spoke with marcus evans about key topics to be discussed at the upcoming 3rd Annual Offshore Safety & Workforce Capability Assurance Conference, October 2-4, 2013, in Houston. All responses represent the view of Mr. Munzenmaier and not necessarily those of Baker Hughes and its subsidiaries.

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      Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, January 9, 2018

      The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement released a safety alert on January 5, 2018 discussing gas hazards on production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. The alert highlights findings from BSEE's Gulf of Mexico-wide inspection effort under its Performance-Based Risk Inspection pilot, along with several recommendations for operators.

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      U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, August 24, 2017

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      U.S. Chemical Safety Board, April 13, 2016

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      US Chemical Safety Board, June 5, 2014

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