BOEMRE announces new offshore oil rig rules

In an effort to reduce the likelihood of injuries and accidents, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) Director Michael R. Bromwich recently proposed a rule to improve safety during oil and natural gas exploration and development activities. The rule comes as the department works to enhance U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) safety.

The proposal expands upon the Workplace Safety Rule of October 2010, and will add employee training, strengthen auditing procedures, and help to engage personnel in safety management.

"We must remain fully focused on continually strengthening safety standards to protect workers and to reduce the risk of accidents and spills," Secretary Salazar said in a statement. "Our goal is to ensure that safety is front and center every day, for every worker, on every project."

The proposed Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) rule is designed to reduce the amount of human and organizational errors that result in work-related accidents and offshore oil spills. These programs apply to all oil and natural gas activities.

Worker safety can also be improved by incorporating safety products, such as hard hats and work gloves, into daily activities on the worksite.  

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