Testing oil spill containment equipment is a critical part of BSEE's mission protecting safety and the environment on the Outer Continental Shelf. Some testing is done at Ohmsett National Oil Spill Response Research Facility in BSEE's 2.6 million-gallon salt water tank for simulating ocean conditions.
Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)

Safety and Environmental Management Systems - SEMS

The SEMS is a nontraditional, performance-focused tool for integrating and managing offshore operations. The purpose of SEMS is to enhance the safety of operations by reducing the frequency and severity of accidents.

There are four principal SEMS objectives:

  1. focus attention on the influences that human error and poor organization have on accidents;
  2. continuous improvement in the offshore industry's safety and environmental records;
  3. encourage the use of performance-based operating practices; and
  4. collaborate with industry in efforts that promote the public interests of offshore worker safety and environmental protection.

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