We are committed to providing a healthy, safe and secure workplace for all of our people, at each work location and in accordance with applicable laws. Our commitment is based on the conviction that incidents are preventable. To achieve this objective, we identify health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) risks arising from our activities and reduce them to as low as is reasonably practicable.
HSSE responsibilities are fully integrated into Fugro’s business practice and successfully managing HSSE issues is an essential component of our business strategy. Fugro management is accountable for promoting continued safety education and training for all employees, assigning responsibility for all aspects of the HSSE Policy, ensuring thorough evaluation of all incidents, and continuously reviewing potential areas of improvement.
Fugro HSSE Management Framework: Think Safe, Work Safe, Stay Safe
We recognise the importance of implementing standards and practices that eliminate risk exposure or control it to an acceptable level across all our activities. To address these risks, we have developed a common approach to managing HSSE that requires all our country organisations and business units to meet the same standards of practice. Centrally, we develop policies, strategies, standards, performance indicators and targets to help manage risk and improve our HSSE performance.
Our HSSE Management System has six mandatory focus areas for all levels of the organisation to identify HSSE needs, determine key objectives and allocate resources to keep improving HSSE performance.
The system also drives the development, improvement and application of a mandatory integrated management system at country organisation and business unit levels, which applies to all Fugro activities.
We expect our business partners to conform to comparable HSSE management standards. This expectation applies to associate companies and joint ventures, principal contractors, suppliers, and any other company we are involved with. Each company is informed of our principles, policies and standards and we work with them, where appropriate, to support adoption of practices consistent with our own.
Performance assessment and monitoring
Performance assessment is a key step in our HSSE management process and forms the basis of continuous improvement.
We are committed to delivering standards, practices and services which meet the requirements of ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 45001/OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and ISM codes (International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships), or equivalent.
Active and reactive monitoring are critical elements of the HSSE management control loop. Active monitoring (audits, inspections, reviews and performance targets) ensures conformance with Fugro’s standards, business unit procedures and operations by identifying gaps and systemic issues. Reactive monitoring provides information on incidents, including near misses and other non-conformances.
Leadership and management commitment
Fugro promotes visible leadership and a strong sense of responsibility throughout the organisation, with respect to safety in particular. Senior managers set and implement the required relevant policies and procedures, decide on organisational objectives and priorities, and always lead by example. Furthermore, every employee is personally responsible for their own and their co-workers’ safety, and is authorised and encouraged to speak up and ‘stop the job’ if they feel a situation is unsafe.
HSSE training and competence
We develop and implement processes to ensure that all employees and contractors are competent to safely carry out their allocated tasks. Organisational roles, positions and job functions have formally defined HSSE competencies in terms of educational, training, skills and experience requirements.
Employees receive regular inductions and safety training and Fugro continuously reviews potential areas of improvement by ensuring thorough evaluations of all incidents and near-misses and sharing resulting improvements and best practices. Fugro’s safety leadership programme helps to establish and embed the best culture and practices in all projects and operations.
Fugro has adopted the widely used Life-Saving Rules, which highlight the activities most likely to lead to a fatality, and the life-saving actions over which each individual has control. These mandatory rules apply to everyone, including contractors, from the people who plan and organise work to those who supervise and carry it out. They do not replace our management systems, policies, safety training programmes, operating procedures or work instructions.
By adopting the standardised Life-Saving Rules, we aim to keep things simple and reduce complexity, all within the overall objective of keeping people safe.