2022 Safety Leadership Awards


Winner: Oceaneering

Title: Onshore Remote Operations

Safety Program: Oceaneering International, Inc. has designed and deployed a subsea, remotely operated vehicle system called Liberty E-ROV, a self-contained, battery-powered Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The Liberty E-ROV is operated from a remote onshore location and can conduct subsea work missions for up to two months without a surface support vessel. The combination of the Liberty and onshore remote operating center eliminates the need for vessels and personnel to travel to and from offshore, reducing exposure to high-risk environments as well as offshore injuries and environmental incidents. Since 2018, the Liberty has performed over 100 missions and safely executed 11,300 dive hours moving more than 3,800 personnel days from offshore to onshore. Compared to conventional ROV topside support and service, the Liberty led to more than 75% reduction in topside crew and vessel support.

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Finalist: Baker Hughes

Title: Pressure Risk Management-Barrier Selection Tool

Safety Program: Baker Hughes teams conducted research into the assessment of risk related to pressure energy and preventative barrier control systems. This led to the development of a tool to accurately assess risk by recognizing and computing pressure energy to manage consequences associated with loss of pressure energy containment. The Pressure Energy Barrier & Risk Assessment Diagram (PEBRAD) provides a standard systematic method to specify barrier design effectiveness against pressure energy driven from system pressure and fluid volume, to achieve acceptable and desired risk levels. PEBRAD has helped to develop a greater understanding for evaluating and managing pressurized system risks based on system energy. 

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Finalist: Danos

TitleDanos Safety Program

Safety Program: Danos has developed a series of initiatives to build on its culture of safety. An entire department team is devoted to preventing accidents and decreasing risk through the development and implementation of programing as well as engagement with the employee on lessons learned and mitigation of incidents. Recent safety team initiatives include a redevelopment of the company’s Work Safe Oath, distribution of safety alerts through an online training portal, release of a consolidated Job Safety Analysis (JSA), and a hazard hunt campaign with the goal to reduce hazards and encourage safe-work behaviors. In addition, Danos is focused on process improvement by embracing technology to advance worker training and assessment, including the use of virtual reality.

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Winner: ExxonMobil

TitleEnhancing Process Safety through Scenario Based Assessments

Safety Program: As part of a multi-year effort, ExxonMobil developed an Enhancing Process Safety (EPS) program that includes identification of higher-consequence scenarios, defined ownership of critical safeguards, and field-based Safety and Environmental Management System assessments. EPS assessments involve in-field demonstration of the health of personnel and equipment safeguards that prevent or mitigate higher-consequence scenarios. This method allows for understanding how different management systems work together to support healthy safeguards and provides insight on these system interactions. Since ExxonMobil first piloted the scenario assessment methodology in 2017, a group of dedicated assessors has conducted external assessments on more than 50 process safety scenarios across upstream, midstream, refining, and chemicals sites. The results of these assessments have provided deeper opportunities for learning and focused the organization on more impactful improvement opportunities.

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Finalist: Shell

TitleFrontline Work Execution Implementation/Journey

Safety Program: In 2019, Shell implemented a Safety Refresh to rethink business and safety performance by identifying areas to integrate Human Performance principles. As part of this refresh, one key area of focus was changing the management process for executing work on the frontline and implementing the Frontline Work Execution (FWE) standard/process by Shell companies working in the Gulf of Mexico. FWE aims to save lives by bringing the principles of Human Performance and Learner Mindset into action where frontline work occurs to ensure sustained effective hazard management during the job planning and execution phases.

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Finalist: Quarter North Energy

Title2021 BSEE Crane Incident Reduction Initiative

Safety Program: As part of its effort to drive continuous improvement, Quarter North Energy established a crane incident reduction Working Group composed of qualified management representatives from is main contractors. Tasked with analyzing crane incident data and identifying areas for improvement, the working group helped reduce crane incidents by 37 percent year-over-year, alongside resulting in zero injury to personnel and minimal property damages. 

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