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About the SafeOCS Reporting System

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 Interiorís Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Department of Transportationís 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.

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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.

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Send email icon  SafeOCS@dot.gov Phone icon  1-844-OCS-FRST (1-844-627-3778) Location icon  SafeOCS, BTS-USDOT, P.O. Box 23295, Washington, DC 20026-3295