Tip Line Launched for Offshore Workers to Report Safety Problems
As federal regulators continue to look for ways to improve safety on offshore oil rigs, they announced the launch of a confidential tip line that offshore workers can call to report safety problems, equipment failures, and “near-miss” accidents. The program is similar to one that has been in use in the aviation industry for over 30 years. By encouraging offshore workers to report potential hazards, the agency hopes to prevent offshore accidents before they happen.
Reports Hope To Close Gaps In Federal Oversight
The program, called SafeOCS, was launched by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. It allows workers to submit anonymous tips by phone or online. Those tips are then sent to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which controls the information and sends aggregate, confidential reports back to the safety bureau.
The idea for the program began two years ago after investigations into the Deepwater Horizon explosion uncovered gaps in federal oversight of offshore drilling.
Regulators have always required offshore companies to report major incidents, but those do not happen frequently enough to provide regulators with meaningful data in order to monitor trends and assess safety improvements.
Reporting System Will Help Track Near-Miss Accidents
The new reporting system will give regulators more information about near-miss accidents, which will allow them to analyze a larger data set and make recommendations based on that analysis. For example, very little information has previously been tracked for kicks (fluids entering the well). If left unattended, kicks have the potential to blowout the well. By tracking data regarding how frequently kicks are occurring and what the average response time to kicks is, regulators may be able to identify problems before they arise.
Offshore workers are encouraged to call 1-844-738-9OCS to report potential safety hazards. A website that allows for online reporting is expected to be launched in June.
Hoping to prevent accidents before they occur, a tip line has been launched that allows offshore workers to submit anonymous tips about potential safety hazards.
Offshore Workers Can Now Anonymously Report Potential Safety Hazards
If you work offshore and notice potential safety hazards, there is now a tip line where you can anonymously report those hazards to regulators.