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Project Title:

Review and Update of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Inspection Program
PIN: TRB-SASP-16-04        

Major Unit:

Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit:
RSO: Hutchins, Mark

Subject/Focus Area: Transportation and Infrastructure

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will offer findings and recommendations to BSEE regarding the following interrelated questions:

1.  What should be the goal of BSEE’s inspection program?

2.  How can inspections be modified to focus on risk and enhancing safety in addition to ensuring compliance, and what additional data are needed to achieve this end?

3.  What can BSEE learn from the inspections programs of other offshore regulators in countries such as Norway, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Mexico?

4.  What is the appropriate role for independent third parties in determining compliance with requirements and verifying that companies are conducting activities in accordance with their SEMS and associated management documents; how does the regulator ensure that third parties are acting appropriately in the public interest; and how can BSEE’s inspector staff’s work and budget be reallocated to enhancing safety?

5.  What is the appropriate role of remote monitoring and other safety-enhancing technologies regarding inspections?

6.  What should be the principal features of the inspection program in 5 years and 10 years?

7.  What competencies would inspectors require in a revised regime, what kinds of training for the existing staff would be needed, and what types and competencies would BSEE need to recruit to match its staff to appropriate competencies?

Project Duration: 21 months    

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