At Hertel, we relentlessly pursue our goal of ‘zero harm’ to people and the environment. On- or offshore, in an office or on site. Safety is always of the utmost importance. ‘Safety first’ is one of the five core values of Hertel. We have a firm commitment to operate worldwide in a safe and responsible manner with the greatest respect for the health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers, and the communities and environment in which we operate.
Hertel has a Global HSE Management Framework, ensuring that at every level, across the globe and in every discipline, our policy is deployed with the same commitment. Simultaneously our customers can be assured of the quality of our approach towards the activities we perform.
The foundation of our HSE programme is the Hertel HSE Management Framework. This risk-based framework facilitates the structured management of HSE hazards and effects that are associated with the business. By means of the HSE Management Framework, Hertel’s global HSE team is collecting knowledge and sharing expertise across the organisation, continuously improving our work practices and developing all employees with the focus on behavioural aspects. We say what we do and do what we say!
Hertel has translated the HSE Management Framework into practical programmes that together we call the Target Zero programme. We create the conditions to make sure that safety is in the hearts and minds of our people, and that they have the tools and skills available to execute their work activities as safely as possible amongst others via Life Saving Rules, TimeOut programme and Continuous Risk Assessments.
The development programme provides a balanced mix of theory and practical skills; skills that help our people motivate their teams to work in the safest possible manner. As well as giving our employees an in depth understanding of the safety challenges we face, the programme provides communication line (top-down and bottom-up) and team working skills necessary to work safely.
Site Safe Visits and regular toolbox talks; giving tailored instructions to our people that are focussed specifically on the work they are carrying out. Everyone in Hertel has a responsibility to contribute to safer operations and to actively bring forward issues and discuss solutions. This contributes to a platform for sharing knowledge and best practices from all of our locations, as well as with other contractors and third parties.
With about 10,000 people of over 50 different nationalities, we make sure everyone is safe. The programmes we have in place are helping us to achieve an excellent performance, and we are committed to continuous improvement until we reach our goal: Zero Incidents.
In addition to the measures of our "Target Zero" program, Hertel Germany initiated campaign "Remember Charlie". In this workshop, the world-famous film "Remember Charlie", in which Charlie Morecraft tells about his fate in the context of his serious accident at Exxon Mobil, is shown to the staff. This seizing experience report is supplemented by training content around the topic of "risk at work." With the help of this program, the awareness of Hertel employees for the identification of risks has been sharpened significantly.
Based on these measures, first successes could be achieved. For example, in some Hertel companies in Germany, we reached the goal of zero accidents. Furthermore, the TRIF rate (total recordable incidents) in Europe was reduced by 92% in the recent years.