FIGURE 1-3 Jurisdictional boundaries in offshore waters. Illustration not to scale. (SOURCE: Primer on Ocean Jurisdictions: Drawing Lines in the Water,

sources.16 Indeed, in many instances, other industries have rules, standards, and guidelines covering worker health and safety that are likely relevant to regulating offshore wind operations on the U.S. OCS. These regulations and standards are discussed further in Chapters 3, 4, and 5 but include some of the following:

•   The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) conducts safety inspections of offshore oil and gas platforms for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and has recently implemented safety and environmental management system (SEMS) requirements for the oil and gas industry.


16 “Regulating Worker Safety in Renewable Energy Operations on the OCS,” presentation to the committee by Robert LaBelle, BOEM, November 30, 2011.

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