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18 Proceedings Spring 2016 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Effectiveness will also grow when workers are provided a say in how to best mitigate the recognized hazards in the context of their operations, an ability to measure the suc- cess of risk management via performance indicators, and a willingness to continually learn from past experiences so that risks may be eliminated or mitigated during future evolutions. As compared with BSEE's historical regulatory approaches, SEMS further introduces an acceptance of fexibility in how performance is measured and how it is achieved, allowing the operator to design a program that will work within the organization and management culture. A Hybrid Approach to Regulation One aim of BSEE's approach to safety and environmental management system enforcement is to provide lessees and operators the fexibility to implement a performance-based management system that works in their cultures while still requiring them to continue to adhere to all of BSEE's pre- scriptive and other performance-based requirements. 1 In many ways, SEMS builds upon the foundation of prescrip- tive regulations and established industry standards. The bureau's regulatory requirements defne a baseline of technologies and safety and environmental barriers that operators must install, maintain, test, and use in oil and gas work on the OCS. These regulations include a variety The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) within the U.S. Department of the Interior develops, administers, and enforces regulatory programs to ensure that lessees, operators, and their contractors conduct safe and environmentally sound operations during exploration and development of our nation's oil, gas, and renewable energy resources on the outer continental shelf (OCS). BSEE's major functions include: • developing safety and environmental regulations, • evaluating industry standards, • permitting, • facility inspections, • investigating incidents and equipment failures, • research, • safety and environmental enforcement, and • promoting performance-based safety and environmen- tal management systems (SEMS). SEMS is a key initiative, in which the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement requires adopting internal pro- cesses and work practices to facilitate and effectively man- age safety and environmental hazards encountered during OCS activities. The driving force behind SEMS is a belief that safety and environmental management effectiveness will grow from an improved awareness of the safety and environmental hazards confronted by the workforce. Creating an Effective Safety and Environmental Management System for Offshore Oil and Gas Operations Adopting performance-based requirements into a hybrid regulatory regime. by mR. sTAnisLAus KACzmAReK, P.e. SEMS Section Chief Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement U.S. Department of the Interior Safety Management Systems and the Outer Continental Shelf