Managing Health, Safety, Environment & Quality

Good HSEQ management is at the heart of how we run our business. This is not just about doing the right things, it is about evolving a team that thinks the right way and then does the right things. It is about attitude and behavior.

That requires clear leadership, a strong culture that includes everyone involved, and commitment from the boardroom to the back deck.

Leadership and Commitment

Ensuring the safety of our people is one of the biggest challenges we face. PGS aims to be a leader in HSEQ, with zero injury to people – including employees, contractors, people visiting our sites, and anyone else involved in our operations.

PGS management leads by example in their everyday work, setting clear standards and expectations. From the top down, each level of management has HSEQ as a priority.

It is our offshore operations that pose the greatest safety risks, so this is where most of our efforts are spent. In discussions with employees and walkabouts during vessel and office visits, PGS managers focus on HSEQ.

Risks Change but the Focus is Constant

Risk management is at the heart of how we manage our business and how we manage HSEQ. Here are some factors that we feel have contributed to strengthening our HSEQ performance.

  • Risk-thinking is embedded in all our operations on a project and operational level. All elements of risk must be considered in our project risk assessments, so we involve all relevant teams to capture technical, operational, HSEQ, and commercial aspects. The project risk assessment is referred to and monitored throughout the project life cycle. 

  • During operations, we utilize management tools such as vessel risk assessments, operational risk assessments, management of change, and last-minute risk assessments. 

  • Our job safety analysis (JSA) process is dynamic and continuously improving. We try to capture best practices without generating undue administrative work. The JSA has three parts: fleet-wide, vessel and task-specific. 

  • Best-practice learning and behavioral alignment are vital to achieving our HSEQ ambitions. The toolbox meeting is a cornerstone for this activity. We build invite cross-department observers to participate.

Team Culture

One Culture, established in PGS in 2013, integrates the seismic and maritime departments onshore and offshore. It streamlines how we manage operational risk by reinforcing cross-functional cooperation on all operational levels. Since 2015, all operational disciplines both onshore and offshore are included in the collaboration, and support vessel contractors are integrated through joint training. 

Through our Field Support program, senior offshore managers are assigned for 12 months to HSEQ, combining auditing and investigations with practical work. They deliver training and focus on compliance with customer expectations, helping to share HSEQ knowledge and practices between our offices and the fleet.

Managing Contractors

Integration is a lynchpin within PGS and crucial to successful projects. This includes contractor management, to maintain our standards. Clear agreements and bridging documents set out our requirements, and audits are employed to check compliance. Finally, training is conducted to ensure understanding and raise competence. Our HSEQ team supports vessel management at each step.

Good support vessels are vital to successful marine operations. With this in mind, PGS has a long-term relationship with its main supply vessel provider and several long-term charters. This is part of the One Culture initiative, enabling us to work closer and better together.

Continuous Improvement and Learning

On each offshore crew rotation, all departments review HSEQ events and issues. Crew members participate in this debrief and assessment, as involvement increases awareness and the results are visible to everyone.

Each vessel develops a safety-improvement initiative, based on an area of concern. Both crews onboard come up with an agreed initiative, objectives, action plan, and deliverables. The vessels work on this throughout the year and report quarterly on progress.

In well-functioning operations, it can be a challenge to prepare for failure, as opportunities to train seldom arise. To address this, PGS has developed simulator training for the back deck, bridge, and engine room, in cooperation with the University of Vestfold in Norway. Our seismic, maritime, and support vessel crews participate in complementary programs, sometimes combining crew from different departments. In addition, we include all groups in regular emergency response training and exercises.

Committed leadership, risk-thinking, strong project-relevant teams, and aligned contractor management help maintain a positive trend in HSEQ performance statistics. We are certain they are correlated. The better we work together, the more positive the impact on our performance.