HSE Core Processes

As safety is the foundation of all Oceaneering operations, our HSE Core Processes are the foundation of our approach to safety.

These processes are implemented by our operating groups and aim to prevent injuries and damage to equipment and the environment, thereby improving our safety culture and overall health, safety, and environmental (HSE) performance.

Areas of Focus

As your trusted partner, we hold both employees and vendors to the highest safety standards. We have identified eight areas essential to confirming and improving our HSE processes, and driving our performance.


Key Principles
  • Actions of senior management develop and drive our safety culture.
  • All injuries and environmental incidents are preventable.
  • Line management owns HSE performance—engagement is critical to our success.
Major Elements
  • Operations leadership, senior vice president, vice president, general manager, and local management teams developed
  • Established targets and objectives—decision making and control of necessary resources
  • Evaluation and coordination of HSE activities
  • Development and implementation of preventative measures
  • Reviews of current performance measures
  • Guidance for operational support
  • Focal point for employee and/or operational feedback
  • Management site visits

Risk Management

Key Principles

Identify the hazards associated with our operations and implement appropriate safeguards and processes to reduce operating risk and the potential for HSE incidents.


Major Elements
  • High Hazard Tasks
  • Hazard analysis
  • Life Saving Rules
  • Levels of protection: elimination, substitution, engineering control, administrative controls [job safety and environmental analysis (JSEA)], personal protective equipment
  • Change management
Risk Management

Fatality Prevention

Key Principles
  • Identify, assess, and manage the risks with the highest potential to result in a fatality.
  • Focus on minor incidents and critical behaviors with the potential to result in a fatality.
  • Focus attention and resources on areas of greatest risk.
Major Elements
  • High Hazard Tasks
  • Life Saving Rules and associated processes
  • Fatality Prevention Behaviors
  • Consequence management
  • High-potential incident reporting and analysis

Incident Management

Key Principles
  • Create a no-blame environment where the identification and reporting of at-risk behaviors and unsafe conditions is encouraged.
  • Utilize root cause analysis tools on incidents with the greatest potential and highest risk.
  • Develop and implement corrective actions focused on engineering controls and/or systemic processes.
Major Elements
  • Incident investigation
  • Root cause analysis (TapRooT)
  • Evaluation and coordination of HSE activities
  • Self verification

Employee Engagement

Key Principles
  • Create a workplace where employees recognize and address at-risk behavior, unsafe conditions, and hazards.
  • Promote an environment where all employees feel free to speak up and point out potential hazards without fear of retribution.
Major Elements
  • Improved communication
  • Setting expectations and monitoring performance
  • Encouraging the continuation of safe behavior
  • Local management teams
  • DuPont™ STOP® safety training observation program
  • Employee peer-to-peer observations
  • Near-hit reporting
  • Hazard identification
  • Safety meetings/toolbox talks

Training and Competency

Key Principles
  • Provide our executives, leaders, and operators with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to integrate HSE into the fabric of our operations.
  • Establish training and related competency processes based upon performance standards and expectations.
Major Elements
  • HSE supervisor training
  • Managing for world-class safety
  • New employee orientation
  • HSE competency

Environmental Management

Key Principles
  • Identify the environmental impact of our operations, ranging from worst-case to daily operations.
  • Create an environmentally friendly atmosphere where resources are properly handled, processed, recycled, and disposed.
Major Elements
  • Risk management—environmental aspects and impacts
  • Levels of protection
  • Employee engagement
  • Spill reporting
  • Hazardous and non-hazardous waste management
  • Incident Management

Self Verification

Key Principles
  • Provide the confidence to executive management that our highest risks are properly managed.
  • Test the effectiveness of barriers.
  • Focus on fatality prevention behaviors, Life Saving Rules, and associated processes.
Major Elements
  • Critical behavior execution measured—it is our leading indicator for fatality prevention
  • Corporate HSE Steering Committee
  • Discussions with operations leaders—high-potential measures, status of critical processes, and open reporting culture
  • Follow-up from senior VP within 24 hours of high-potential incidents
  • Key principles of DuPont™ STOP® for Supervision process
  • Management site visits to observe and discuss critical barriers.