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Improve HSE performance and reduce risk offshore

Offshore Health, Safety, and Environmental Challenges

Recent offshore drilling disasters have brought to the public’s attention the need for more stringent requirements on oil and gas companies in order to protect human life and our environmental ecosystem. Through two agencies, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), the United States has established new Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) regulations for the offshore oil and gas industry.

SEMS: Safety & Environmental Management Systems

The American Petroleum Institute (API) originally introduced RP 75 as a recommended practice for operators in the early 1990s. It was later incorporated into federal regulations by the BSEE because it provides a strong framework for companies’ Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS). Now, in an effort to further improve the safety and environmental impact of operations, U.S. authorities have mandated its implementation to all oil and gas actors in the outer continental shelf and require monitoring through successful completion of an independent third-party audit. Bureau Veritas Certification is fully accredited by the API Center for Offshore Safety (COS) to perform management system audits against the API RP 75 SEMS standard. 

In support of the ultimate goal to improve safety and environmental performance, there are four principal objectives the BSEE hopes to achieve through implementation of SEMS programs:

1. Focus attention on the influences that human error and poor organization have on accidents

2. Encourage continuous improvement in the offshore industry’s safety and environmental performance

3. Encourage the use of performance-based metrics and operations

4. Collaborate with industry to promote the public interest and encourage stakeholder engagement

Why Choose Bureau Veritas for SEMS Certification?


Bureau Veritas Certification has all major accreditations and is an approved Center for Offshore Safety (COS) Audit Service Provider (ASP). Bureau Veritas Certification was the first ASP to issue a COS SEMS certificate.


5,700 skilled auditors operating in more than 100 countries offer a unique combination of international and local expertise providing consistent services wherever our clients are.


Bureau Veritas Certification has issued over 6,000 safety-related certificates in all major industry sectors. 

Our auditors have an extensive experience in health & safety and environmental issues, as well as in depth knowledge of local regulations, markets, and language that enables them to provide solutions adapted to your needs.

Mark of Global Recognition 

The Bureau Veritas Certification mark is a globally recognized symbol of your organization's ongoing commitment to excellence, sustainability, and reliability.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does SEMS mean?

    SEMS stands for Safety and Environmental Management Systems

  • Do you offer other SEMS-related services?

    Yes, Bureau Veritas offers a range of SEMS audit and training services. Our audit services include third-party SEMS audits for operators and contractors, gap assessments, SEMS II assurance review, and more.

  • Do you offer SEMS training courses?

    Bureau Veritas is an industry leader in SEMS training courses. Our training courses include SEMS lead auditor, team member & subject matter experts, and contractor/service company SEMS training courses. Learn more here.

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