BSEE Director, USCG and other Executives and USCG Admiral, will be Keynote Speakers at the Upcoming OTC HSSE Program Hosted by Center for Offshore Safety

BSEE Director, USCG Admiral and other Executives will be Keynote Speakers at the Upcoming OTC HSSE Program Hosted by Center for Offshore Safety

HOUSTON, April 2015 - Because of the significant interest and participation of the industry in advancing Safety Management, the Center for Offshore Safety will again host leaders from industry, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) at the Offshore Technology Conference for a half-day Program.

Kicking off the event will be Doug Morris, Chief of Offshore Regulatory Programs at (BSEE) along with key members of his staff that will be featured speakers at the  Breakfast Session hosted by COS on May 7, 2015 Houston, TX.  They will provide an update on the initial SEMS (Safety and Environmental Management System) audits including current opportunities, challenges and expectations for the future.  Improving industry safety and environmental performance through the application of SEMS auditing will be the key topic discussion.

The breakfast session will be followed by a Technical Session of two dynamic panel discussions.  The panels will be focused on leveraging SEMS audits and COS programs to improve industry performance though safety and environmental management systems.  The panels will be comprised of global industry leaders including Shell, Statoil, Schlumberger, Chevron, Cobalt, BP, Anadarko and Pacific Drilling.  Each panelist will discuss their experiences and strategies in leveraging lessons learned from the first cycle of BSEE SEMS audits.  They will also discuss working collaboratively within COS and COS Programs to promote operational excellence through improved safety management systems and safety culture. 

The Center for Offshore Safety annual OTC luncheon will begin following the Technical Session and panel discussions.  BSEE Director Brian Salerno and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas will both provide keynote presentations discussing the effectiveness of safety and environmental management systems and their collaboration in this regard.  They will provide insight on the evolution of their expectations and priorities for 2015.  Highlights will include their strategies and plans for rule making, risk-based inspection, enforcement and information sharing.

 COS will announce its SEMS Leadership Recognition recipients at the conclusion of the luncheon session. COS  has been working to draw lessons learned from successful SEMS  programs and share these across  participants to enhance collective knowledge and promote improvements in safety.   COS created the Safety Leadership Recognition Program to promote and reward outstanding contributions to improving safety management.

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.  

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