DOI Ratchets Up Offshore Drilling Safety Standards

Law360, New York (April 4, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled a final rule Thursday that toughens workplace safety standards for offshore drilling operations, including giving rig employees the authority to stop working if they spot any dangerous activity.

The DOI's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement's latest version of its Safety and Environmental Management Systems expands, revises and adds several new requirements to regulations first enacted in 2010, following the deadly Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Among the new requirements: the creation of a "stop work" authority, which...
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