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The SafeOCS confidential reporting system collects and analyzes data to advance safety in oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). It was developed jointly with the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). SafeOCS facilitates the capture of essential information about accident precursors and potential hazards associated with offshore operations, including risks related to pipeline safety and offshore transport.

Whether you are an operator or contractor in the offshore oil and gas industry, your participation is vital. Currently, SafeOCS collects and analyzes the following types of reports:





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Oil & gas industry, BSEE
& BTS collaborate

to improve offshore
drilling safety
Offshore operators report
equipment failures
to BTS
BTS conducts data
quality evaluation

and detailed statistical
analysis
BTS publishes analytical
reports

on offshore safety patterns,
trends, and contributing
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Learn More about When to Report Equipment Failure





About WCR

Well control equipment component failure reporting relates to failures of a Blowout Preventer (BOP) and other well control equipment.

Well control equipment includes a Blowout Preventer (BOP) and other well maintenance equipment. A failure is any condition that prevents the equipment from meeting the functional specification. Written notification of equipment failure must be provided within 30 days after the discovery and identification of the failure. An investigation and failure analysis must also be performed within 120 days of the failure to determine the cause. This reporting is required by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) under 30 CFR 250.730. To see further descriptions of what is considered a failure of equipment and what information is required for reporting, please see the Federal Regulation. BSEE has directed all equipment failure reports to be made to SafeOCS; these reports are protected under the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA).

View Final Rule in the Federal Register

View regulation: 30 CFR 250.730

About SPPE

Safety and pollution prevention equipment (SPPE) failure reporting relates to failures of valves and their associated actuators, safety valve locks, or landing nipples.

SPPE include surface safety valves (SSVs), boarding shutdown valves (BSDVs), underwater safety valves (USVs), subsurface safety valves (SSSVs) and their associated actuators, safety valve locks, or landing nipples. A failure is any condition that prevents the equipment from meeting the functional specification. The Oil and Gas and Sulfur Operations on the OCS, Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems rule (known as the Production Safety Systems Rule) established on September 7, 2016, increased the reporting of SPPE failure data to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) per section 30 CFR 250.803. According to this rule, SPPE failures are to be reported within 30 days after the discovery and identification of a failure, to BSEE and the OEM. BSEE has directed all equipment failure reports to be made to SafeOCS, which is managed by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS); these reports are protected under the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA). Reports provided to BSEE are subsequently provided to BTS, but are not protected under CIPSEA.

View Final Rule in the Federal Register

View regulation: 30 CFR 250.803

About safety event

Safety event reporting refers to an incident triggered by human action or natural phenomena that causes (or could have caused) human injury/fatality, damage (loss) of assets, or negative environmental impact.

Incident information collected through SafeOCS is based on standards from the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) related to capturing and reporting incidents. All incident information submitted through SafeOCS is anonymously entered and protected under the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA). The incident information is then used to establish best practices and safety standards that can be shared across the industry. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), who manages SafeOCS for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) , is working with COS to advance safety and reduce or prevent offshore drilling incidents. This partnership with industry is dedicated to making advancements in overall safety and well-being of oil and gas employees, the public, and the environment.




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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is SafeOCS?
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    SafeOCS is a confidential reporting program that collects and analyzes information about equipment failures and Outer Continental Shelf incidents to identify industry-wide safety issues and trends that can be used by all stakeholders to advance the safety of oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Well Control and Safety and Pollution Prevention equipment are the two types of equipment involved in equipment failure reports for this program.
  • Who should submit a report?
    All oil and gas operators on the OCS are encouraged to submit equipment failure and incident reports through SafeOCS. Equipment failure reporting is required by BSEE under Federal Regulation 30 CFR 250.
  • What should be included in a report?
    All Well Control and Safety and Pollution Prevention equipment failures should be reported as well as offshore incidents. An equipment failure is any condition that prevents the equipment from meeting the functional specification. To see further descriptions of what is considered a failure of equipment and what information is required for reporting, please see the Federal Regulation 30 CFR 250.
  • When should a report be submitted?
    A written notice of equipment failure must be provided to the Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs, and the manufacturer of such equipment within 30 days after the discovery and identification of the failure. An investigation and a failure analysis must also be performed within 120 days of the failure to determine the cause of the failure. All reports and follow-up investigations should be submitted through SafeOCS.
  • How should reports be submitted?
    Please select the following links to submit a report:
    Well Control Equipment
    Safety and Pollution Prevention Equipment
    Incident Reporting
    Each type of report links to a separate page that will request event, equipment, lease/company, and other information.
  • How do I know my information is confidential and secure?
    BTS operates SafeOCS under the Confidential Information Protection Efficiency Act (CIPSEA). Under CIPSEA, it is a Class E felony, punishable by up to $250,000 in fines and up to 5 years in jail, for BTS or its agents to release identifiable data confidentially submitted in reports by individuals, companies or other entities. BTS has very strict protocols in place for collecting and protecting such data. Even the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) cannot have access to your identity or your report. In addition, the information from individual records cannot be used for enforcement purposes.
  • How does SafeOCS relate to my SEMS Subchapter S requirements?
    BSEE’s SEMS rules require facility management to investigate those events that have the potential for serious safety or environmental consequences. The SEMS regulation leaves the determination of what issues to investigate to the discretion of facility management. The results of individual company investigations typically would not be shared with the rest of the OCS industry or workforce. SafeOCS will complement the SEMS requirement: it will cover a broader scope of equipment failure events from an OCS-wide perspective; the results will be shared with all stakeholders and the general public, and it will add to the body of information that will make the OCS a safer place to work and operate.
  • What happens to the information submitted through SafeOCS and how will it be used?
    The reports and information submitted through SafeOCS are collected by BTS staff and confidential information is secured. The information goes through a detailed quality evaluation and statistical analysis and is then aggregated so that industry wide patterns and results can be shared in a report with the industry, public, and all stakeholders. The information can be used all stakeholders to improve safety and equipment reliability on the Outer Continental Shelf.
  • Why has BSEE initiated SafeOCS?
    In order to effectively identify, analyze, and address the current and future safety and environmental risks of OCS oil and gas operations, both industry and government need information about conditions and events associated with everyday activities on offshore facilities that could cause or contribute to negative consequences to personnel, the environment, or property. This information will help us identify current safety issues and emerging trends that we can use to reduce the potential risk of future adverse events. By closing a gap in risk management, SafeOCS will reduce major events, loss of life, injury, property, and negative impacts on the environment. Other industries, such as the aviation industry, have realized the benefits of improved safety through sharing information industry-wide. These programs have led to increased operational safety and protection of the environment. So the information is helpful to all and harmful to none.
  • Is SafeOCS duplicative of other reporting programs operated by companies or other industry groups?
    No, reporting programs operated by individual companies are generally not shared across the industry. Furthermore, safety information collected by industry groups is often limited in scope to a specific industry sector or to the industry group membership. Information from these reporting systems can offer a rich source of safety information that, if shared, could significantly enhance risk management for OCS activities. The goal of SafeOCS is to help develop the widest possible scope of safety and equipment reliability information from all segments of OCS operations and make it available to industry, government, and the public. It will complement other safety and equipment reliability efforts and add to the combined knowledge that will make the OCS a safer place to work and operate.






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SafeOCS Program Expanded to Accept Equipment Failure Data

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) and the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) today announced the expansion of reporting of ‘near misses’ on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) through the SafeOCS program to now include the confidential collection of equipment failure data in an effort to further reduce the risk of offshore incidents.

Effective immediately, the offshore oil and gas industry will have the option to submit equipment failure reports for well control equipment, required under the Well Control Rule (30 CFR 250.730(c)), directly through SafeOCS. Effective Nov.7, industry will be required to submit reports for pollution prevention equipment, required under the Production Safety Systems Rule (30 CFR 250.803), through SafeOCS as the Chief’s designee. All reports submitted through SafeOCS are collected and analyzed by BTS and are protected from release under the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA).

"We are encouraging industry to quickly begin taking advantage of the SafeOCS expansion," said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. "Shared awareness of safety trends better equips us all to quickly focus on emerging issues and thereby drive down the risk of serious incidents."

In August 2013, BSEE and BTS signed an interagency agreement to develop and implement SafeOCS, as a voluntary program for confidential reporting of ‘near misses’ occurring on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Today’s expansion enables the SafeOCS system to be used to submit these required regulatory reports.

For notification forms, guidance, and additional information - or to submit reports, go to www.safeocs.gov.


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