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.
Documents Incorporated by Reference
Incorporation By Reference (IBR) allows Federal agencies to comply with the requirement to publish rules in the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by referring to material already published elsewhere. The legal effect of Incorporation By Reference is that the material is treated as if it were published in the Federal Register and CFR. This material, like any other properly issued rule, has the force and effect of law. Congress authorized incorporation by reference in the Freedom of Information Act to reduce the volume of material published in the Federal Register and CFR. (See 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51). Congress gave complete authority to the Director of the Federal Register to determine whether a proposed incorporation by reference serves the public interest and approve the agency's IBR request.
For a list of BSEE incorporated standards see § 250.198 Documents incorporated by reference at www.ecfr.gov under Title 30, Part 250.
Lloyd's Register Training Center
15740 Park Row Drive, Suite 500
Houston, Texas 77084-7512
May 5, 2017 (8:00 am - 3:30 pm)
The 2017 Workshop focused on integrity management of pipelines, risers, fixed and floating facilities. An international presentation session was schedule for the morning, followed by breakout sessions on the 3 topics mentioned critical to the domestic and international regulatory community and oil and gas industry. Each session operated as a forum to discuss the current status of domestic and international regulations, regulatory concerns, progress of current standards development, and industry updates. The finalized agenda and presentations for the workshop is now updated as of May 25, 2017.
University of Houston Hilton
4800 Calhoun Rd,
Houston TX 77004
May 8, 2015 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
The 2015 Workshop conducted all-day sessions on 4 topics critical to the domestic and international regulatory community and oil and gas industry: High Pressure High Temperature; Cementing; Quality Management and Equipment Reliability; Emergency Disconnects (Dynamic Positioning and the BOP response).
Each session reviewed the current status of domestic and international regulations, concerns and needs for standards, progress of current standards development, and industry updates. The finalized agendas, presentation, session summaries, list of speakers and additional information about the workshop is now updated below as of July 20, 2015.
DoubleTree by Hilton
300 Canal Street,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
January 28, 2014 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Standards Development office hosted the 2014 BSEE Domestic and International Standards Workshop at the Double Tree Hotel in New Orleans on January 28-29, 2014. The BSEE Standards Development program collaborates with national and international Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) to develop and revise existing standards for safety and environmental protection on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This collaboration enables BSEE to minimize the time needed to identify and incorporate new and updated industry standards into its regulatory program.
The 2014 Workshop was the second BSEE Standards Workshop. Goals for the workshop were to build upon, and delve deeper into, the goals of the first BSEE Domestic and International Workshop, including: continue discussions of BSEE’s role in national and international standards development; explore opportunities to increase efficiencies in the development of offshore safety and environmental standards; and further develop knowledge of regulatory and technical standards development issues.
(Every presentation can be accessed by clicking the title of the presentation in the agenda)