Center for Offshore Safety Awards First SEMS Certification Outside Gulf of Mexico

HOUSTON, TX – July 27, 2016 – The Center for Offshore Safety (COS) today announced that the first safety and environmental management systems (SEMS) certification has been issued outside of the Gulf of Mexico to Schlumberger North America. This is the second voluntary SEMS certification of Schlumberger’s program which now encompasses the Alaska region.

“Expanding beyond the Gulf of Mexico to promote offshore safety is a step in the right direction,” said COS Executive Director Charlie Williams. “Contractors are a significant part of operations and key for moving forward to ensure that all offshore operations, in the Gulf of Mexico or the Arctic, are dedicated to continuous improvement in safety performance. Our top priority is to spread the best practices and programs that set globally recognized gold standards for Companies to perform at their very best in implementing safety and environmental management systems."

SEMS imbeds safety into every aspect of project and operational management with emphasis on continuous learning and improvement. It particularly focuses on establishing, managing and measuring barriers that protect against escalation to a major incident. The COS SEMS certification program for Contractor members requires them to conduct a voluntary SEMS audit using COS accredited third party auditors that are the same as those required by BSEE for Operators.

“Schlumberger is proud to have received this second certification as we continue our unwavering commitment to safety and our focus on process controls for both our land and our offshore business,” says Christy Resler, Schlumberger, Alaska Geomarket Manager.

This second SEMS certification was awarded to Schlumberger based on the outcome of an SEMS audit conducted by DNV GL Business Assurance USA, a COS-accredited audit service-provider. The audit scope included Schlumberger’s Anchorage Office with verification of SEMS implementation at five facilities in Prudhoe Bay and Kenai Alaska.

“Achieving SEMS certification speaks to the company’s culture of safety,” says Hans Groothuis, President of DNV GL Business Assurance USA, Inc. “The certificate itself is a piece of paper. But the process and hard work that lead to certification shows a sustainable commitment to excellence, from the top of the organization all the way down to the frontline workers.”

On hand for presentation of the SEMS Certificate, from left: Om Chawla - Program Manager, Center for Offshore Safety; Charlie Williams - Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety; Chandran Ilango - Integrated Systems Sector Manager, DNV GL; Mike Chaudron - Executive Director of Sales, DNV GL; Hans Groothuis - Regional Manager North America, DNV GL; Curtis Jones - Vice President, Schlumberger; Eric Englehardt - HSE Manager, Schlumberger; Rob Cummings - Vice President HSE, Schlumberger

The Center for Offshore Safety is an industry-led group promoting continuous safety improvement for offshore drilling, completions, and operations through effective leadership, communication, teamwork, disciplined management systems and independent third-party auditing and certification. COS draws on expertise and input from the U.S. oil and natural gas offshore industry and the regulatory community.

Contact: Greg Gordillo| 832.781.5689 | gordillog@centerforoffshoresafety.org

Learn more about COS, its governance and how to become a member at www.centerforoffshoresafety.org