BSEE Plans Ocean Energy Safety Institute

Director Jim Watson also announced safety stand-downs will take place in each agency region this month, as part of National Safety Month.

The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is seeking applications this month from organizations interested in operating a new Ocean Energy Safety Institute for the next five years. BSEE announced last week that it plans to create the independent institute and has an announcement posted at grants.gov. The announcement says a maximum of $5 million in funding will be available during the five-year period to operate the institute.

"The institute will help federal regulators keep pace with new processes employed by the industry as they move into deeper water and deeper geologic plays that require technological innovation to bring projects into production," said Jim Watson, BSEE's director. "I look forward to expanding the dialogue and engagement with additional stakeholders to identify and reduce risks to worker safety and the environment."

The Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee had recommended creating such an organization. OESC is a federal advisory group with representatives from industry, federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and academia. BSEE's announcement said the institute "will be an important source of unbiased, independent information and will not have any regulatory authority over the offshore industry."

"As offshore energy development becomes more complex, every effort should be made to make sure it is done ever more safely," said Dr. Thomas O. Hunter, chair of OESC and former Sandia National Laboratory director. "The institute provides a unique opportunity for all engaged parties to work together to identify and deploy technology that will make a real and enduring difference. The time is right and the opportunity is clear."

Watson is featured in a new BSEE video in which he discusses the agency's National Safety Month activities in June, including safety stand-downs that will take place this month in each region. "Remember, we need to have safety at all levels at all times," he says in the video.

Download Center

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2021

    October 2021

    Featuring:

    • TRAINING
      On Route To Safe Material Handling
    • SAFETY CULTURE
      Normalization of Deviations in Performance
    • IH:INDOOR AIR QUALITY
      Arresting Fugitive Dusts
    • PPE:FOOT PROTECTION
      Safety Shoes Make the Outfit for Well-Protected Workers
    View This Issue