SEMS Program Requirements

The purpose of this Notice to Lessees and Operators (NTL) is to clarify the policies, procedures and requirements for OCS lessees and operators as included in 30 CFR 250, Subpart S regulations.

This NTL collects and consolidates the guidance and clarifications tbat have emerged from workshops and discussions with industry and interest groups over the past year. In the interest of maximizing transparency, the NTL also addresses issues relating to how the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) will implement the SEMS program as provided for in existing regulations, and describes the anticipated interactions between BSEE personnel and the operator community. No new requirements are contained in this document.

Items of interest for this NTL include:

  • specifying who needs a safety and environmental management systems (SEMS) program;
  • specifying environmental information requirements;
  • information related to conducting a Hazards Analysis (HA);
  • details on conducting a Job Safety Analysis (JSA);
  • Management of Change (MOC) requirements;
  • operating procedures requirements;
  • safe work practices and contractor selection criteria;
  • personnel training expectations as it applies to your SEMS;
  • mechanical integrity (MI) documentation procedures;
  • independent third party (I3P) or designated and qualified personnel (DQP) audit requirements;
  • BSEE evaluations of your SEMS program;
  • critical equipment; and identification of operator contact information for SEMS
This Regulatory Alert was prepared by InterAct, an Acteon company, to advise our clients of impending deadlines and applicable regulatory requirements. No official agency policy is implied.

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