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NASA, BSEE Collaborate to Reduce Risk in Offshore Operations

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NASA and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) have announced a five-year agreement allowing BSEE to capitalize on the best risk management approaches from the aeronautics industry to inform stakeholders and further strengthen worker and environmental safety protections on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Decades of sending humans into space has made NASA a pretty serious expert in risk management. This collaboration lets NASA use that expertise to address BSEE’s needs.

“Both BSEE and NASA work in harsh and uncompromising environments, relying on cutting-edge technology to go deeper and further than previously thought possible,” said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. “This partnership brings together technical experts from BSEE and NASA to focus on the specific risks associated with offshore operations, so that we can continue to find ways to improve safety for offshore workers and protect the environment.”

NASA will share its probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) technique to help BSEE determine the best and safest technologies—both new and emerging—for offshore operations. Experts from both agencies will also use Johnson Space Center's accredited failure analysis laboratory to assess failures and near-miss occurrences.

“Whether the mission takes one to deep space or into the deep ocean, the analysis of the environment, training of personnel, and risk mitigation methods are similar. NASA is pleased to work with BSEE as we endeavor to learn best practices from each other,” said Jack James, technology transfer strategist at Johnson Space Center.

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