Watching Government: Reporting offshore near-misses

Creating a more effective offshore oil and gas safety culture was on many people's minds as the fourth anniversary of the Macondo deepwater well disaster came and went on Apr. 20. One growing question involves the best ways to report near-misses. "If we really want safety, we have to do more," Brian Salerno, who directs the US Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said in an Apr. 16 commentary. "We have to foster a culture of safety among all personnel involved in offshore operations so that it becomes part of the way business is conducted." The Safety and Environmental Management Systems that BSEE requires are one key. "We recently completed the first r...

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