BSEE formally recognizes COS’ SEMS Audit Service Provider Accreditation Program

HOUSTON, June 22, 2015 – With signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) formally recognizes Center for Offshore Safety’s (COS) Audit Service Providers (ASP) Accreditation Program. Effective June 8, 2015, COS will serve the oil and gas industry as the Accreditation Body (AB) for purposes of qualifying independent, third-party ASPs to perform credible, objective and comprehensive evaluations of operators’ SEMS programs.

BSEE’s ‘SEMS II’ audit requirement became effective June 5, 2015 and all operators on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) must utilize an independent third-party ASP to evaluate their Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS). BSEE’s “SEMS II” regulation incorporates by reference COS documents (COS-2-01, COS-2-03 and COS-2-04) which outline the COS Program Requirements. The accreditation program supports credible and consistent third-party audits to API RP 75 and BSEE 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart S.

Charlie Williams, Executive Director for COS, added, “We look forward to working with BSEE as we share the same goal of promoting offshore safety through effective SEMS auditing. This validates our progress as the industry group dedicated to continuous improvement in the effectiveness and learnings from SEMS audits. We are pleased to receive this recognition of our COS ASP accreditation program”.

To promote excellence and continuous improvement in safety performance of its offshore operations, the oil and gas industry created the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) with the mission to “promote the highest level of safety for offshore drilling, completions, and operations through effective leadership, communication, teamwork, utilization of disciplined management systems and independent third-party auditing and certification.”

To support this mission, the COS developed a key requirement of using third-party auditing of companies’ SEMS. An additional key COS requirement was auditing and accreditation of the ASPs who provide the SEMS audit services. The third-party SEMS audits are performed to assess the effectiveness of companies SEMS and to learn how to continually improve SEMS.