In 1964, Oceaneering was established as a diving services provider. Although small in size, the nature of the work meant that our organization faced a relatively high level of risk.
Knowing this, we set out to improve not only our own health, safety, and environmental (HSE) practices, but also those of the diving industry which we served. As our portfolio of services has grown, we have continued to prioritize and advance our approach to HSE.
C-Suite Safety Commitment
Our commitment to safety begins at the highest level of our organization. In 2001, we formed a Corporate HSE Steering Committee, which meets bi-weekly and comprises our CEO, COO, senior vice presidents, and vice presidents. This is the foundation of our HSE processes and associated culture.
Our vision of operational safety continues to evolve today. We focus not only on high-potential incidents, but also the routine activities that pose risk in our daily operations. The Corporate HSE Steering Committee solicits safety-related feedback, no matter the level of severity.
Life Saving Rules
In 2015, we codified a set of common HSE practices, and how to reduce risk, in what we call our Life Saving Rules. These rules were developed based upon a two-year review of our high-hazard tasks and associated incidents. We reviewed incidents that resulted in a range of consequences, from days away from work (DAFW) to no consequence. We not only took a deep dive into incidents that had the potential for fatality or DAFW, but we also looked closely at incidents which required medical attention or first aid, near-hit cases, and unsafe behavior.
Working at Height
Our greatest emphasis was placed on those incident that did not result in a significant consequence, but which had the potential to result in a serious consequence. These six rules apply to every Oceaneering employee as well as third parties operating in shared settings.
Since their introduction, the Life Saving Rules have enabled our organization to more precisely identify the activities and tasks posing the greatest risk of fatality. We have also determined the associated process necessary to protect our employees. We dig deeper, looking at not only the immediate causes of fatality or injury, but also the underlying behaviors contributing to adherence to the Life Saving Rules.