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Developing Standards

BSEE incorporates over 100 technical standards into its regulatory program. The standards are related to equipment specifications, operating practices, equipment manufacturing, and hydrocarbon measurement. Currently, BSEE is working with industry on a variety of standards-related issues key to enhancing safety on the OCS. These include, but are not limited to, deepwater operations, Safety and Environmental Management Systems, cementing, cranes, high pressure high temperature, and safety valves.

When consultation and participation is in the public interest and is compatible with the agency's missions, authorities, priorities, and budget resources, under the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (Pub. L.104-113) BSEE must consult with voluntary consensus standards bodies, both domestic and international and participate with such bodies in the development of voluntary consensus standards. Standards developed by voluntary consensus standards bodies are often appropriate for use in achieving BSEE policy objectives and in conducting federal activities, including procurement and regulation. Participation in the standards development process provides BSEE with information on how a specific standard should be interpreted by the agency or used to address regulatory needs. Participation aids in the decision-making process of whether to incorporate a standard or an updated standard into our regulations.