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www.uscg.mil/proceedings 10 Proceedings Winter 2013–2014 As the regulation doesn't dictate how to imple- ment an effective safety and environmental man- agement system, operators are expected to imple- ment one in a way that is most effective for their businesses. Additionally, operators must conduct periodic safety and environmental management systems audits. Finally, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement does not approve the SEMS itself. The bureau measures safety and envi- ronmental management system performance and implementation via third-party audits. COS Core Functions To assist industry with these processes, the cen- ter initially focused on SEMS auditing to support an independent SEMS accreditation process and complement the new regulatory auditing require- ments. Staff members at the center developed stan- dard and uniform audit tools and audit documents to assist in SEMS implementation. The Center for Offshore Safety also accredits audit service provid- ers to assure that third-party certifcation program auditors meet the program's goals and objectives. Additionally, COS safety and environmental man- agement systems audits allow its staff to certify operators' and contractors' SEMS programs. This ability is of particular importance, because con- tractor safety program assurance is mandated for each operator and is an operator's responsibility. Therefore, the Center for Offshore Safety certifca- tion method has the potential to provide consistent assurance that could eliminate the problem of con- tractors being audited different ways by different operators. In addition to the initial focus on auditing, the cen- ter's core work falls into the following areas: ➤ Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting ● learning from incidents, ● analyzing key safety performance indica- tors, ● ide nt i f y i ng opp or t u n it ie s for SEM S improvement. ➤ Assistance ● continuous SEMS programs improvement, ● creating good practices to close SEMS gaps, ● verifying skills and knowledge. Executive Director Charlie Williams of the Center for Offshore Safety in Houston, Texas. The COS is an industry association with full time and loaned staff from the oil industry. Photo courtesy of the Center for Offshore Safety. Membership The Center for Ofshore Safety is governed by a diverse board representing the breadth of the industry, including operators, drilling contractors, service and supply companies, and associations. COS membership is open to all companies that operate, drill, or complete wells, or companies that provide deepwater drilling support services. Members are expected to: ● embrace COS guiding principles, ● participate in Center for Ofshore Safety programs and activities, ● share lessons learned with other Center for Ofshore Safety members, ● conduct COS SEMS audits using third-party auditors and become COS SEMS certifed via these audits. Although membership is currently limited to companies operating in deep water, the industry task groups are generally open to all stakeholders. continued on page 12 Winter �2013_45.indd 10 2/10/14 9:31 AM