AcuTech’s Michael Hazzan was quoted in an article talking about offshore industry moving towards audits of safety systems. Please click here to read the entire article.
Michael Hazzan, with AcuTech Consulting Group, told the Offshore Technology Conference that the safety bureau seems likely to tap the industry’s new Center for Offshore Safety to fill the role.
“The Center for Offshore Safety would be a natural candidate, and indeed, they are starting to take steps to get approval from BSEE,” Hazzan said, “but today they are not one.”
Hazzan outlined some of the other requirements embedded in the new drilling safety rule known as SEMS II.
In a bid to ensure independent audits, the safety bureau is requiring the lead auditors to be an employee of the audit service provider, rather than a contract worker.
“That’s the way they are achieving some measure of independence,” Hazzan said. Still, other SEMS auditors can be contractors, can work for the offshore operator being scrutinized and “don’t have to be independent,” Hazzan added.