2023 Safety Leadership Awards


Winner: Valaris

Title: Valaris Basic Training

Safety Program: To address the onboarding and training challenge, Valaris launched an enhanced offshore new hire orientation program in a classroom environment, but after several trial runs, we quickly realized its limitations. Most of the new hires were also new to the industry with limited professional experience and struggling to adjust to an offshore environment. Therefore, Valaris decided to use one of its offshore assets stacked in the US GOM as a training rig to create a fully immersive environment for this training that includes what it was like to travel to, live, and work on an offshore drilling asset.  

Finalist: Baker Hughes

Title: Finding The Next Incident

Safety Program: Baker Hughes teams developed "Finding The Next Incident" is an easy, cost-efficient, and proactive tool that fosters employees' perception of risk and solutions. It helps leaders to learn about what frontline employees perceive as an imminent threat and provide an opportunity for them to focus their resources and improvements to identify, support, and validate existing barriers – both preventive and mitigative


Finalist: Transocean

Title: WorkSight Assurance and Verification

Safety Program: Transocean launched WORKSIGHT a new digital behavior-based safety observation, assurance, and verification program.  WORKSIGHT uses a mobile application on electronic devices to implement an observation and verification process.  This enables efficient near real-time data collection to inform supervision of the effectiveness of a rig’s safe work practices. 


Winner: Occidental Petroleum Corporation

TitleOxy Heat Stress Program

Safety Program:  As part of a targeted effort, Occidental (Oxy) developed the Oxy Heat Stress Program to protect workers from the health risks posed by extreme temperatures in offshore environments. The initiative targets operations exposed to high air temperatures, radiant heat sources, high humidity, direct physical contact with hot objects, and physically demanding activities that trigger heat stress. At the heart of the program is a metrics-driven approach that evaluates heat index values, work-to-rest ratios and water intake to address heat-related concerns. Through rigorous audits, monitoring and the deployment of heat stress aids, Oxy aims to reduce and mitigate heat incidents.  Since its launch in 2020, the program has led to improvements in heat stress management metrics, along with a notable reduction in heat-related incidents. Several studies have revealed “best practices” that serve to continually refine the program’s effectiveness, enabling Oxy to introduce even more impactful safety enhancement measures.

Finalist: BP

TitleBuilding Process Safety Capability in BP's Offshore Operations

Safety Program: BP instituted a self-assessment tool called Kahuna which includes a matrix of 27 process safety capabilities and the proficiency levels required for various roles in the organization.  The intent of this tool is to educate or help focus people’s experiences to build process safety knowledge and capability.  The tool is divided into the categories of Design, Operate, Condition, and Process Safety Management and Leadership. 

Finalist: Shell

Title‘Job by Design’ Simplification

Safety Program: Job by Design (JBD) is a concept to consistently drive predictable outcomes in a multi-dimensional and complex work environment. By designing the job, a work team can transform a lengthy procedure, often times compounded with multiple positions, workers, departments or even multiple companies, into an interactive tool while also enhancing the engagement amongst crew members, resulting in a higher quality toolbox talk—both audibly and visually.