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Unformatted text preview: 2010, BOEMRE implemented the Interim Final Rule (sometimes referred to as the “Drilling Safety Rule”) and the Workplace Safety Rule (sometimes referred to as the “SEMS Rule” for Safety and Environmental Management Systems). The Interim Final Rule created new standards for well design; casing and cementing; and well control procedures and equipment, including blowout preventers. The Workplace Safety Rule required operators to systematically identify and address risks in order to reduce the human and organizational errors that lie at the heart of many accidents and oil spills. Effective November 11, 2011, operators in the U.S. will be required to have a comprehensive SEMS program that identifies the potential hazards and risk‐reduction strategies for all phases of activity, from well design and construction, to operation and maintenance, and finally to the decommissioning of platforms. 395 Effective October 1, 2011, BOEMRE will be reorganized into two bureaus – the Bureau of...
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