COS Membership Expands to Include Entire US OCS

Center for Offshore Safety Membership Open to all Outer Continental Shelf


Houston, 15 August 2014 – As a continued demonstration of its commitment to offshore safety, the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) has opened membership to all companies operating on the U.S. outer continental shelf, regardless of water depth.


Since its creation in 2011, the COS worked with industry stakeholders to promote the highest level of safety for the U.S. offshore oil and natural gas industry through effective leadership, communication, teamwork, utilization of disciplined management systems and independent third-party auditing and certification. The Center has worked to draw lessons learned from successful, existing safety management programs, and to stimulate cooperation and sharing amongst industry participants to enhance the collective safety management knowledge of the industry and develop tools and good practices based on the knowledge sharing.  Most notably, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)  incorporated three COS documents by reference into the new SEMS II rule: COS-2-01 Qualification and Competence Requirements for Audit Teams and Auditors Performing Third-party SEMS, COS-2-03 Requirements for Third-party SEMS Auditing and Certification, COS-2-04 Requirements for Accreditation of Audit Service Providers Performing SEMS Audits.

The COS is undertaking an outreach effort to broadly engage the industry in the continuous enhancement of safety management systems and in the creation of an environment where the entire industry has a voice in future offshore safety.

For more information about COS membership opportunities and participation in COS programs, please contact Greg J Gordillo at:


Greg J. Gordillo

Center for Offshore Safety

Office (832) 495-4925

Direct (832) 781-5689

Mobile (305) 479-5922


1990 Post Oak Blvd Suite 1370

Houston, TX 77056


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