An Accredited and Independent Audit Service Provider (ASP) for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) audits.
Gulf Tech is 100% dedicated to SEMS auditing. It's all we do! Full dedication results in an industry leading and cost-effective auditing service for you.
Our auditors are experienced, trained and certified. We are dedicated to SEMS audits. Make your first call to a company that will put your SEMS audit first.
Gulf Tech is uniquely qualified to provide the best and most cost-effective SEMS audit of your operations. Our team comprises an experienced and diverse group of technical professionals with expertise in safety and environmental management systems and regulatory compliance; offshore operations, facilities engineering, mechanical integrity, operating procedures, hazard analysis, training and emergency preparedness.
Gulf Tech is an Accredited and Independent third party Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) audit service provider. Recent federal regulatory changes now require U.S. Outer Continental Shelf operators to use accredited and independent third parties like Gulf Tech to audit their safety and environmental management systems. The Center for Offshore Safety (COS) has been recognized by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) as the first and currently only official accreditation body for audit service providers like Gulf Tech.
Active Listening | Professional Auditing | Objectivity | Teamwork
It is our practice to listen to the client and do everything we can to understand the way the client’s management system functions. We understand that a Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) is performance-based and that clients may have many ways of addressing the regulation. Understanding how a SEMS is integrated into a more complex HSEQ management system requires active listening. Gulf Tech utilizes active listening techniques, rather than performing rote questioning or formulating the next question while an answer is being given.
Another part of our philosophy is that audits will be completed using a standardized methodology. They will be structured, objective, reproducible and professional. Our audit team will be knowledgeable in sound auditing practices as well as the operations they are auditing. Conclusions will not be overstated and will be directly related to regulatory references.
We have no preconceived notion of how many findings have to be written to prove our worth. At various times in our professional lives we have written as many as fifteen major nonconformances (in ISO terminology), to as few as zero nonconformances. We consider the audit process as part of the continual improvement cycle.
Finally, our approach to the presentation and discussion of findings is professional and non-confrontational. We work as a team with our clients to accurately report the status of the management system audited.
You can trust Gulf Tech to verify and ensure that your safety and environmental management systems comply with the requirements of COS/BSEE that are based on API RP 75 and 30 CFR Part 250, Subpart S. Trust us to evaluate existing policies, procedures and work practices for all SEMS elements. Our audit team will endeavor to review your SEMS records and documentation, conduct interview with key individuals and perform a walkthrough workplace inspection. Our audits are thorough and in full compliance with COS accreditation requirements. Gulf Tech services will help you ensure you are in compliance with BSEE’s requirements and assist you in meeting your long-term continuous improvement safety and environmental goals.
Gulf Tech will only certify SEMS for offshore operators.
1. General (§ 250.1909) – This element requires offshore operators to develop written safety and environmental policies and implement an organizational structure that defines responsibilities, authorities and lines of communication. This element also requires operators to review the SEMS program for adequacy and effectiveness, document said review and implement changes to policies after the review.
2. Safety and environmental information (§ 250.1910) – This element requires operators to provide information on the design, construction and operation of the facility, including all process and mechanical design.
3. Hazards analysis (§ 250.1911) – This element requires operators to develop and implement a hazards analysis (facility level) and a job-safety analysis (operations/task level) and ensure that all recommendations are resolved and documented.
4. Management of change (§ 250.1912) – This element requires operators to develop and implement written management-of-change procedures for modifications associated with equipment, operating procedures, personnel changes (including contractors), materials and operating conditions. The procedures should include the technical basis for the change; the impact of the change on safety, health and the environment; the necessary time period to implement the change; and the management-approval process.
5. Operating procedures (§ 250.1913) – This element requires operators to develop and implement written operating procedures that provide instruction for conducting safe and environmentally sound activities involved in: initial startup; normal operations; all emergency operations; normal shutdown; startup following a turnaround or after an emergency shutdown; and bypassing and flagging out-of-service equipment. This element also requires operators to discuss the safety and environmental consequences of deviating from the operating procedures and the hazards presented by the chemicals used in the operations.
6. Safe work practices (§ 250.1914) – This element requires operators to develop and implement written safe work practices designed to minimize the risks associated with operations, maintenance, modification activities and the handling of materials and substances that could affect safety or the environment. This element also requires operators to document contractor-selection criteria and obtain and evaluate information regarding the contractor's safety record and environmental performance
7. Training (§ 250.1915) – This element requires operators to establish and implement a training program so that all personnel are trained in accordance with their duties and responsibilities to work safely and are aware of potential environmental impacts. The training must address: operating procedures; safe work practices; emergency response and control measures; stop-work authority; ultimate work authority; the employee-participation plan; reporting unsafe working conditions and recognizing and identifying hazards; and constructing and implementing JSAs.
8. Mechanical integrity (§ 250.1916) – This element requires operators to develop and implement written procedures that provide instructions to ensure the mechanical integrity and safe operation of equipment through inspection, testing and quality assurance. The mechanical-integrity program must encompass all equipment and systems used to prevent or mitigate uncontrolled releases of hydrocarbons, toxic substances or other materials that may cause environmental or safety consequences.
9. Pre-startup review (§ 250.1917) – This element mandates that the commissioning process must include a pre-startup safety and environmental review for new and significantly modified facilities. The process must ensure that: the construction and equipment are in accordance with applicable specifications; safety, environmental, operating, maintenance and emergency procedures are in place and are adequate; safety and environmental information is current; hazards-analysis recommendations have been implemented as appropriate; training of operating personnel has been completed; and programs to address management of change and safe work practices are in place.
10. Emergency response and control (§ 250.1918) – This element requires the operator to implement emergency response and control plans. The emergency response and control plans must include an emergency action plan; an emergency control center; and training and drills incorporating emergency response and evacuation procedures.
11. Investigation of incidents (§ 250.1919) – This element requires operators to establish procedures for investigating all incidents with serious safety or environmental consequences and implementing a corrective-action program. The investigation must address: the nature of the incident; the factors that contributed to the initiation of the incident and its escalation/control; and the recommended changes identified as a result of the investigation.
12. Auditing (§ 250.1920) – This element requires operators to perform an independent audit of the program within two years of the initial implementation of the SEMS program and every three years afterward. An accredited auditor service provider must perform the independent audit. The audit plan must be submitted to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement at least 30 days before the audit, and the bureau reserves the right to modify the list of facilities that a facility proposes to audit. The operator is required to submit the audit report and a plan for addressing any of the deficiencies identified to the bureau for review and approval within 60 days after completion of the audit.
13. Recordkeeping (§ 250.1928) – This element requires operators to ensure that all documents are maintained and kept for six years, except for certain documents that need only be kept for two years. The operator must maintain a copy of all SEMS program documents at an onshore location and make them readily available to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement upon request.
14. Stop-work authority (§ 250.1930) – This element requires operators to ensure the capability to immediately stop work that is creating imminent risk or danger and grant all personnel the responsibility and authority, without fear of reprisal, to stop work or decline to perform an assigned task when an imminent risk or danger exists.
15. Ultimate work authority (§ 250.1931) – This element requires operators to have a process to identify the individual with the ultimate work authority at the facility and over the entire operation. The operator must ensure that all personnel clearly know who has UWA and who is in charge of a specific operation or activity at all times. This element also requires that the operator give the individual with the UWA the authority to pursue the most effective action necessary in that individual's judgment for mitigating and abating the conditions or practices causing an emergency.
16. Employee-participation plan (§ 250.1932) – This element requires management to consult with its employees on the development, implementation and modification of the SEMS program and develop a written plan of action for how the employees will participate in the SEMS program. This element also requires management to ensure that employees have access to sections of the SEMS program that are relevant to their jobs.
17. Reporting unsafe working conditions (§ 250.1933) – This element requires operators to implement procedures for all personnel to report unsafe working conditions and post a notice that contains the reporting information at the place of employment in a visible location frequently visited by personnel.
This was a voluntary program published in the American Petroleum Institute's "Recommended Practice for Development of a Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations and Facilities," API-RP 75. It has since been adopted by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) and BSEE as a SEMS standard and is now mandatory.
Gulf Tech will provide, upon written request, information about geographical areas in which it operates, the status of a given certification, and the name, related normative document, scope and geographical location (city and country) for a specific certified client.
More information relating to the Audit Processes, Process for granting, refusing, maintaining, renewing, suspending, restoring or withdrawing certification or expanding or reducing the scope of certification can be found here and here.
Gulf Tech’s name and certification mark or logo can only be used by a client in the course of a SEMS certification audit or by written permission from Gulf Tech. Defined criteria for the use of Gulf Tech's name and mark can be found here.
Appeals will be handled in accordance with the Gulf Tech Corrective Actions programs. Gulf Tech shall be responsible for all decisions at all levels of the complaints-handling process. Section 9.7 and 9.8 of Gulf Tech's management systems manual address complaints and appeals, respectively.
Gulf Tech is responsible for the impartiality of its conformity assessment activities and will not allow commercial, financial or other pressure to compromise impartiality. Conformity assessment activities will be undertaken impartially. Section 5.2 of Gulf Tech's management systems manual addresses impartiality.
Any misleading or inaccurate information found herein, should be reported immediately to Gulf Tech at (713) 370-7590
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