New Rules Offshore – SEMS

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In the wake of the Macondo oilwell blowout last year in the Gulf of Mexico, a number of new rules are being issued by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulations and Enforcement (BOEMRE) in regard to Health, Safety and the Environment (HSE).

One of these is the new Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) requirements for oil and gas producers and contractors operating in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf areas.

As a part of this, compliance with API’s RP 75 becomes mandatory on November 15 and will impact virtually all operators and the service companies that support them. In addition, Safe Work Processes must be documented for a range of operational areas, including Crane and Lifting operations. The mechanical integrity of critical equipment – with Rigging and Lifting equipment falling into this category – must also be ensured.

SEMS programs must address not only 30 CFR 250 Subpart “O” requirements, but all job duties for all personnel (except domestic services) as defined in Subpart S.┬áSEMS programs must also ensure appropriate training of qualified personnel (including Contractors) has been implemented.

Any contractor also providing equipment may need a SEMS in place to ensure “mechanical integrity” of that equipment.

All operations in the Gulf of Mexico must have a SEMS program in place by 15 November 2011, with an audit to follow within two years of implementation (though this could happen at any time after the 15th).

Two excellent introductory articles on the SEMS requirments can be found below:

Delta Rigging & Tools has long had a focus on Health, Safety and the Environment, with a full-time HSE manager, and our customers can be assured that we will be fully compliant with the new SEMS guidelines and ready to meet or exceed any new requirements to continue serving their mission-critical lifting and rigging needs offshore.

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