Areas of Focus

As safety is the foundation of all Oceaneering operations, our Areas of Focus 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.

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


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


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 determined to be 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


Key Principles
  • Create an environment where the identification and reporting of at-risk behaviors and unsafe conditions is encouraged.
  • Utilize root cause analysis tools on incidents identified to involve 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


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
  • Behavioral observation process
  • Employee peer-to-peer observations
  • Near-hit reporting
  • Hazard identification
  • Safety meetings/toolbox talks


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


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


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
  • HSE supervisor training
  • Managing for world-class safety
  • New employee orientation
  • HSE competency
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Company page Since our founding in the early 1960s, Oceaneering has expanded and grown globally to service several industries such as the offshore energy industry, defense, entertainment, material handling, aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries. In 1964, Mike Hughes and Johnny Johnson formed a Gulf of Mexico diving company called World Wide Divers. The company grew in response to increasing demand for their services and in 1969 merged with two other diving companies to form Oceaneering International, Inc. To solve the toughest challenges, we do things differently, creatively, and smarter. As your trusted partner, our unmatched experience and truly innovative portfolio of technologies and solutions give us the flexibility to adapt and evolve, regardless of market conditions. Our mission is to solve the unsolvable. We thrive by creating industry-changing technically creative solutions for the most complex operational challenges under water, on land, and in space. Our five core values establish a common culture and demonstrate what is most important for us as a company. Since the beginning, the company has transformed from a small regional diving company into a global provider of engineered products and services. Today, we develop products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals, subsea hardware, and tooling. We also serve the aerospace, defense, and theme park industries. Underpinning everything we do, safety is not only the foundation of our core values, but it is vital to our unmatched performance record and company culture. The industries we serve are as diverse as they are complex. Whether we are engineering deepwater umbilicals or developing robotics for aerospace applications, the safety and health of our employees, vendors, and customers is an integral part of our day-to-day business. If we are working, then our responsibility is to be working safely. Since our inception in 1964, we have placed a high value on employee safety—from diving services and subsea inspection to vessel-based installation operations. We have and will continue to evolve not only our health, safety, and environmental (HSE) processes, but those of the industries in which we work. Although we have been fatality-free since 1999, our HSE journey goes beyond statistics. As our portfolio of services has grown, we have continued to prioritize and advance our approach to HSE.