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Maher S.T.,Risk Management Professionals | Long G.D.,Risk Management Professionals | Cromartie R.S.,Risk Management Professionals | Sutton I.S.,Sutton Technical Books | Steinhilber M.R.,California State Lands Commission
Process Safety Progress | Year: 2013

The April 2010 Deepwater Horizon tragedy and release from the Macondo Well resulted in a re-examination of the existing regulatory framework, significant modifications to the structure and function of key regulatory agencies, and the application of new safety management system (SMS) requirements to offshore facilities in United States waters. Late-2010 witnessed the evolution of both prescriptive and performance-based regulations designed to address the direct and underlying causes of this tragedy. The objective of this article is to briefly review these new regulatory requirements and illustrate how they are related to the application of other SMSs, for both offshore and onshore facilities. The common themes, objectives, and overlaps of specific onshore and offshore SMS elements was examined, and tips on how these overlaps can be used to more effectively (and sensibly) implement these programs is discussed. This article also outlined successful SMS programs that are being applied by various state agencies to onshore and offshore coastal facilities, and derived lessons-learned from these programs that may assist in the implementation of related federal programs. © 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


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Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE Americas E and P Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Conference 2013 | Year: 2013

SEMS II (DOI 2011) is the informal name given to the proposed new safety management rule from the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). It applies to deepwater operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) of the United States. The rule "proposes to amend... regulations to require operators to develop and implement additional provisions in their... SEMS programs". This paper discusses the following topics: • Provide an overview of the contents of the proposed SEMS II rule; • Show that it is largely non-prescriptive, but not risk-based; and • Discuss the effect that the rule may have on the topic of company culture. Copyright 2013, Society of Petroleum Engneers.


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Process Safety Progress | Year: 2013

This article describes the new offshore safety management rule that is often referred to as SEMS II. © 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers.


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Society of Petroleum Engineers - SPE International Conference on Health, Safety and Environment 2014: The Journey Continues | Year: 2014

Audits of the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) rule were scheduled for completion by November 15th2014. This paper reviews the early results from those audits. It is concluded: 1. Of 84 operators, all but 12 submitted their audits. 2. Some of the non-compliant companies have been required to shut in operations. In some cases the senior managers must state that they are in compliance with the SEMS rule under threat of criminal penalties. 3. Not sufficient information has been provided in the audit reports to allow BSEE to reach in-depth conclusions about overall SEMS issues.Copyright 2014 Society of Petroleum Engineers.


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12AIChE - 2012 AIChE Spring Meeting and 8th Global Congress on Process Safety, Conference Proceedings | Year: 2012

The changes in oil production and consumption in the last 5 yr were studied, and whether or not the concept of Peak Oil remains valid was examined. The concept of Energy Returned on Energy Invested was discussed. The concept of Peak Oil, as first postulated by Dr. King, remains valid and current, and the production of oil peaked in the period 2005-2011 and is now set to move down the right hand side of the Hubbert Curve. When the production of oil and has indeed passed a peak then the challenge is not to do with "instituting" energy savings; those savings are going to occur. The challenge is to determine how the process industries can restructure themselves given that the energy resources available (both as direct energy and as petrochemical feedstock) will be in decline and that there will be intense demand for those same resources from other areas of the economy. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 2012 AIChE Spring Meeting and 8th Global Congress on Process Safety (Houston, TX 4/1-5/2012).

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