Now that the SEMS II deadline has passed, the big question is, where will BSEE focus its attention? The answer is in a new interview with Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Brian Salerno. According to the interview that Salerno gave to Platt’s Energy Week, getting contractors and sub contractors on board with operator SESM plans is a priority. He told Platts, ““The challenge, really, is to get all of them to work together seamlessly and safely.”
The comments are in line with speeches Director Salerno made in Houston this spring in which he talked about the need for contractors to adopt a strong safety culture and that BSEE was searching for ways to improve the safety connections between operators, contrctors and their subs.
Director Salerno said the industry is making progress on improving coordination but said it will take time to meet the goal. He did not elaborate on how the agency may enforce the SEMS rule to speed up that progress. He also discussed the first round of operator SEMS audits that were completed in November, saying there was a high rate of compliance, but that the results were a “mixed bag” and BSEE is looking at ways to increase the value of the audits in the future.