SEMS Good Practices

The Center for Offshore Safety is focused on delivering Safety and Environmental Management System tools, good practices, and implementation techniques based on API Recommended Practice 75 as well as identified needs from annually collected safety data.

SEMS Good Practices

The Center for Offshore Safety’s commitment to learn and continually improve SEMS include resources related to leadership engagement, SEMS maturity self-assessment, safety culture, and others. 

One of the most important roles COS plays is in the development of a strong safety culture based on six safety characteristics from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s Safety Culture Policy Statement: Leadership; Respect and Trust; Environment for Raising Concerns; Open Communication; Personal Accountability; and an Inquiring Attitude.

Developing and Managing Procedures

This guidance will address operating procedures and safe work practices. Companies can use this document to implement a systematic procedure to involve the right personnel in operations, incorporate appropriate risk controls, and focus on end users of all stages.

COS-3-06 Guidance for Developing and Managing Procedures

Safety Culture

COS developed guidelines for a robust safety culture to help companies define and develop safety culture characteristics.  The document provides a standardized list of key success factors and obstacles, including descriptions of specific safety culture characteristics; factors that encourage and demonstrate a robust safety culture; and potential barriers that may prevent a robust safety culture.

COS-3-04 Guidelines for Robust Safety Culture

SEMS Maturity Self-Assessment

COS offers a maturity assessment tool for organizations to evaluate their SEMS in relation to a fully mature system and to help identify areas for continuous improvement.

COS-3-03 Guidelines for SEMS Maturity Self-Assessment

Skills and Knowledge Management Systems

COS developed guidelines to help understand, develop, and implement an effective Skills and Knowledge Management System.

COS-3-02 Skills & knowledge Management System Guidelines

Leadership Site Engagement

This guidance provides company leadership with the means to visibly demonstrate leadership, assess the SEMS, and evaluate site safety culture.  The overall intent is to help companies understand the value of engaging personnel at offshore sites in delivering and improving safety performance.

COS-3-01 Guidelines for Leadership Site Engagement