An Operations Guide to Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)

An Operations Guide to Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)

Making Sense of BSEE SEMS Regulations

1st Edition - November 6, 2019

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  • Author: Mick Will
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128204092
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128200407

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An Operations Guide to Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS): Making Sense of BSEE SEMS Regulations gives engineers and managers a vital tool to understand, prepare and manage SEMS audits before, during and after they are done. At the core of the book are 17 elements stemming from regulations which are broken down in parts to help management learn the compliance measures. Elements are supported by practical case studies that analyze past failures and lessons learned. A helpful glossary, abbreviations list and additional section of references give offshore engineers and operators clear-and-concise direction on how to perform key actions in SEMS audits.

Key Features

  • Breaks down each element of the SEMS audit to understand guidelines and lessons learned
  • Supported with real-world case studies, a glossary, an abbreviations list and extended references
  • Teaches readers the purpose of regulations and what is most critical


Offshore engineers; petroleum engineers; offshore safety consultants; offshore safety personnel and management

Table of Contents

  • 1. Purpose and introduction
    2. History of SEMS
    3. Management system basics
    4. SEMS and ISO 14001
    5. SEMS and process safety
    6. Getting SEMS started
    7. The SEMS elements
    8. The SEMS audit
    9. Contractors
    10. BSEE SEMS and the UK safety case
    11. The future

Product details

  • No. of pages: 190
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2019
  • Published: November 6, 2019
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128204092
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128200407

About the Author

Mick Will

Mick Will is currently a Houston-based consultant with more than 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He has been involved with the implementation of the BSEE SEMS regulations since their inception in 2010, which was a direct result of the Deepwater Horizon incident. He was a member of the response organization for the Deepwater Horizon, and subsequently became involved in the implementation of SEMS programs for multiple operators in the Gulf of Mexico. He is also a registered SEMS auditor and has 2000+ hours of SEMS Audit experience. Prior to his consulting work regarding the SEMS regulations, he was employed by a major oil and gas company for 32 years and has managed both onshore and offshore operations organizations.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant, MRW Operations Consulting, LLC

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  • Philip E. Wed Dec 11 2019

    A must read for SEMS auditors, offshore operators, contractors and BSEE audit observers

    The author has the unique perspective of being on both sides of the audit table. This is a must read for SEMS auditors, operators, contractors and BSEE inspectors. If you are an experienced lead SEMS auditor, have been implementing your SEMS program for the last 10 years, or new to the industry, this book is worth reading and will give you information you can use to improve your audits or SEMS program. The author takes the reader through the history of the SEMS regulation; Reviews each of the 17 elements of SEMS; presents to the reader what a good “implemented” SEMS element looks like and gives insight on what auditors are looking for. There is also a section to help contractors understand SEMS and why it is important to have a "fit-for-purpose" SEMS.