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Health, Safety & Wellbeing

Creating, maintaining, and promoting a safe, secure and healthy work environment.

Our ambitions


Why it is important

The safety of our people is our first priority. Our workplaces are potentially hazardous, particularly when we are working offshore in harsh and remote environments. We believe that all our people and those working on our sites are entitled to the same level of protection regardless of where in the world they work. To achieve this, it is essential that we have the right frameworks in place to enable our people to work safely.

Our overall approach to safety management

Our policies and training programmes are continuously reviewed to make sure that this is achieved. We capture key lessons from our global operations in order to improve our systems, to reduce and ultimately eliminate activities that have the potential to harm our people, the environment and cause damage to our equipment. We record all incidents and near misses in detail and investigate each event. Near misses can be defined as being an event where something happened, nobody was injured, and nothing was damaged; however had circumstances been slightly different it would have been an incident. By collecting this valuable information and tracking our performance in our Business Management System we are able to continually seek to improve our safety performance.

How we measure our safety achievement

We set challenging targets to drive performance improvement with an aim of achieving an incident-free workplace every day and everywhere we work. We celebrate our safety successes with awards for worksites that achieve superior performance and communicate details of incidents when they do occur to help our people learn to be safer in all they do.  Assurance and verification of safety standards are key to a consistently strong safety performance.

Measuring and evaluating our progress

Subsea 7 checks activities against our internal standards and processes as well as regulatory and legislative requirements. We undertake internal safety audits which include checking our vessels, our procedures and our documentation. We also use external auditing to ensure we are in compliance with our obligations relating to the countries and regulatory standards where we operate and to check that our projects and vessels are in compliance with our clients’ requirements. In addition, we use third-party auditors to enhance our oversight of our supply chain.

Keeping our business and people secure

Keeping our people safe also includes their security at work. We assess the security risks of countries, areas, hotels, airlines and other means of transportation, to make sure our people are secure and travel safely. Subsea 7 has operations around the world, and some of the places we work in are higher risk with regard to adverse events such as extreme weather, as well as political or civil unrest and the threat of terrorism.

We provide our people with onsite support as required to minimise the risk to personal security. This may include security personnel, Company arranged transport, travel management plans and travel guides.

Wellbeing

We promote a healthy work-life balance through a combination of wellbeing initiatives, protecting against occupational health hazards and supporting our employees when they need it most. We recognise the importance of mental and physical health and support this with resilience training and local initiatives such as mental health first aiders, education in financial wellbeing and regular sports and social activities.

Employee Assistance Programme

All our employees have access to a confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides support for coping with life’s challenges including health and wellbeing, financial problems, stress or anxiety and family issues.

Our targets

  • 0.05 Lost-time injury frequency rate by 2022
  • 0.10 Serious injury frequency rate (very high potential) by 2022


Our commitments

The UN Global Compact recognises the importance of health, safety and wellbeing through a number of its Sustainable Development Goals. We strongly support this value and ensure we create, maintain and promote a safe, secure and healthy work environment.

Subsea 7 supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals