Health & Safety

Management of operations is based on the precautionary principle to ensure maximum effectiveness in terms of prevention, management and control of HSE related risks.

A fundamental factor in ensuring Saipem’s long-term competitiveness is continuous improvement in the quality of services and products while at the same time protecting people. Emphasis is therefore placed on ensuring human health and operational safety. This commitment is in the best interests of Clients, employees and contractors and of the communities in which Saipem operates.
With a view to reducing injuries and occupational illness to zero, Saipem promotes a HSE culture at every level of the Group through the active participation and support of all people involved in business operations.

The organisational model of the HSE process defines varying levels of responsibility, starting from the Company positions closest to the sources of risk, since these are best suited to assess the potential impacts and devise appropriate preventive measures. Saipem classifies Operating Companies and Branches into different clusters in relation to their level of HSE risk. Attribution to a particular cluster is also made with due regard for the activities carried out and the HSE performance. For those Operating Companies or Branches performing duties that can negatively influence the overall safety performance, and which belong to the cluster ‘Significant HSE Risk’, ISO/OHSAS certifications are mandatory.

Meanwhile, specific HSE structures carry out steering, coordination, support and control activities and ensure the issuing and updating of guidelines, regulations and best practices with a view to achieving continuous improvement. The regulation of the HSE Management System for all onshore and offshore activities carried out under the responsibility of Saipem in Home Offices and on Logistic Bases, Rigs, Vessels, Yards and all Company premises is ensured by the Saipem HSE Document system, designed using a top-down approach.

  • The HSE Policy defines the fundamental principles and general rules that must inform all activities. The Corporate Policy ‘Integrity in our Operations’ was approved by the Saipem Board of Directors in 2011.
  • The HSE Management System Guideline (MSG) sets out the guidelines for management of the HSE process. Through it, Saipem takes various measures to achieve maximum effectiveness in terms of prevention, management and control of HSE related risks. These represent a useful terms of reference for the Operating Companies and Branches so that they can reinforce their governance capability.
  • Corporate regulatory documents (e.g. Standards, Specifications, Criteria) regulate the organisational structure, planning of activities, standards and principles which facilitate the achievement, development, maintenance and improvement of the Corporate HSE Policy. Corporate documents are used to supplement and detail the content of the Management System Guideline.
  • Company regulatory documents (e.g. General Procedures, Work Instructions, Specifications) are developed within Operating Companies and Branches to define the details of the operating procedures for each specific organisational unit and/or professional area. Company documents are developed to address the specific circumstances found within Saipem in compliance with Corporate regulatory documents.
  • Further HSE documents (e.g. Project HSE Plan, General Project HSE Procedures, detailed Specific Plans/Studies, Field HSE Procedures and Practices, Risk Assessment, Environmental Plans, etc.) are drafted at Project/ Site level to provide a detailed definition of HSE roles and responsibilities in compliance with the laws and regulations in force in the area of operations and with international standards and to address any specific requirements set out by the Client.

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