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ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. First Audit Service Provider to Earn Provisional Accreditation Status from the Center for Offshore Safety

June 12, 2013

(Houston) ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE) became the first audit service provider to obtain Provisional Accreditation status from the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) on April 25, 2013.

As a provisional accreditor, ABS QE offers safety and environmental management system audits to evaluate the implementation and maintenance of COS member companies' safety and environmental management systems throughout their offshore operations. The Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) program was developed to be implemented by operators, suppliers and contractors by November 15, 2013 in support of the COS's mission to promote and protect the environment, focusing exclusively on offshore safety in deep water (water depths > 1,000 ft).

"While serving on the COS's audit development committee, we played an active role in the development of audit guidelines used for SEMS audits and are dedicated to promoting safe environmental and operational practices used by the oil and gas industry while operating in the Gulf of Mexico," said Dominic Townsend, Vice President of Americas for ABS QE.

Gulf of Mexico SEMS compliance must be verified by a third-party audit service provider, such as ABS QE, which will demonstrate the oil and gas industry's commitment of enhancing and continuously improving safety and environmental performance.

Learn more about ABS QE's Management Systems Certification services.

 

About ABS Quality Evaluations

ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE), a subsidiary of ABS Group, is an accredited American Chemistry Council member for Responsible Care and provides management systems certification and training solutions to the following industries in addition to oil, gas and chemical: aerospace, automotive, construction and engineering, government, information technology, manufacturing and electronics, marine and offshore, and medical and pharmaceutical. 

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (www.abs-group.com), through its operating subsidiaries, provides technical advisory and certification services to support the safety and reliability of high-performance assets and operations in the oil, gas and chemical, power generation, marine, offshore and government sectors, among others. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 2,000 professionals in over 30 countries. ABS Group is a subsidiary of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), a leading marine and offshore classification society.

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