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SafeOCS SPPE Reporting

BSEE Production Safety Systems Rule

In August 2013, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and BTS signed an interagency agreement to develop and implement SafeOCS, a voluntary program for confidential reporting of “near misses” occurring in the OCS. This program offers a resource to help industry capture and share key lessons from significant near-miss and other safety events, with the objective of preventing, identifying, and mitigating potential high-consequence risks.

In April 2016, the SafeOCS program was expanded to include reporting of blowout prevention (BOP) system and BOP system component equipment failures as mandated by BSEE’s Well Control Rule. BTS and BSEE formally expanded the program in a memorandum of understanding signed on August 18, 2016.

BSEE published the Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf-Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Final Rule (WCR) on April 29, 2016, becoming effective on July 28, 2016, as referenced in 30 CFR 250.730. WCR defines an equipment failure as any condition that prevents the equipment from meeting the functional specification and requires reporting of such failures. More specifically, pursuant to 30 CFR 250.730 (c), operators must:

  • (1) Provide a written notice of equipment failure to the Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs, and the manufacturer of such equipment within 30 days after the discovery and identification of the failure.
  • (2) Ensure that an investigation and a failure analysis are performed within 120 days of the failure to determine the cause of the failure. Further, any results and corrective action are to be documented. If the investigation and analysis are performed by an entity other than the manufacturer, the Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs and the manufacturer receive a copy of the analysis report.
  • (3) If the equipment manufacturer sends notification of any changes in design of the equipment that failed or changes in operating or repair procedures as a result of a failure, a report of the design change or modified procedures must be submitted in writing to the Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs within 30 days.

Per the memorandum of understanding, all notifications related to equipment failure are submitted to SafeOCS.

In November 2016, the SafeOCS program was expanded through a MOU between BSEE and BTS to include reporting of safety and pollution prevention equipment (SPPE) failures as mandated by the Oil and Gas Production Safety Final Rule.

Send email icon  SafeOCS@dot.gov Phoneicon  1-844-OCS-FRST (1-844-627-3778) Location icon  SafeOCS, BTS-USDOT, P.O. Box 23295, Washington, DC 20026-3295