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.
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    Safety offshore is increased by sharing ideas – ways to make offshore energy safer for people and our environment. Ideas come from everyone; if you have ideas or comments which you would like to appear here, please send them to bseesafetyblog@bsee.gov.

    BSEE Inspector looking for pollution from helicopter -Large


    Safety and Environmental Videos

    June 27, 2013- As BSEE Safety Month draws to a close, the Bureau released today a video highlighting the work of Hurricane Response Team members in monitoring potential impact and damage to oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

    June 25, 2013- In this third part of BSEE's video showcase for safety month, the Bureau hears from Rose Capers-Webb, BSEE's Safety & Occupational Health Manager.

    June 20, 2013- Today we released an all employee memo, along with a safety poster, that outlines the nine values of a culture of safety.

    June 13, 2013- In the second part of BSEE's video showcase for safety month, the Bureau hears from Staci King, Chief of the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) Branch.

  • BSEE Blog


    Continuing Concerns about Components in Safety Critical Equipment - Bolts
    by Douglas Morris

    February 1, 2016 - My colleague, Dr. Candi Hudson, recently posted on BSEE’s efforts to determine the extent to which bolts currently used in blowout preventers (BOPs) and other subsea equipment have faults similar to those that were analyzed by a BSEE team in December 2012. BSEE continues to have serious concerns about these types of connector bolts.

  • Director’s Corner


    January 15, 2016 -- Here at BSEE we are continuously looking for ways to use high-quality, timely data to better understand offshore risk and to work with the oil and gas industry to reduce those risks. This is a certainly an important goal, but the reality is that there are often gaps in data sets made available by industry and current research efforts.