NEW YORK Stricter safety
rules for offshore drilling have been set by the Interior
Departments Bureau of Safety and Environmental
The rules, which come into
effect June 4, with drillers required to comply by June 4,
2014, mandate that all safety audits be conducted by a third
party; make "any and all personnel" responsible to stop work
when there is "imminent risk or danger;" and clearly define who
is responsible for safety on drilling vessels "at any given
The increased safety measures
come three years after the Deepwater Horizon drill rig disaster
in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11 crew members and caused
the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
"Offshore oil and gas safety
starts with a robust positive safety culture, and BSEEs
workplace safety rules are designed to promote that culture by
eliminating complacency and making sure that companies are
looking at the human factors that underlie too many accidents,"
BSEE director Jim Watson said.