HEALTH - SAFETY – SECURITY ENVIRONMENT & CLIMATE PROTECTION QUALITY – ASSET INTEGRITY
Working with the highest quality standards in health, safety, security, environmental & climate protection and quality, HSEQ is an integral part of our operational excellence and company ethics. Every day, we strive for ZERO HARM to people, the environment and our assets.
The value of HSEQ for us
For our company performance HSEQ is the core business driver! We live a strong HSEQ culture and assess and mitigate to achieve safe operations. Our leaders take personal accountability for Wintershall DEA’s HSEQ performance. We train all employees regularly to enhance the awareness in regards to all HSEQ topics.
We live up to our company values!
For all operations, we integrate environmental & climate, social and governance aspects at the core of our four business values: `we trust´ - `we care´- `we are open-minded´ and `we are brave´.
ZERO HARM – that is our declared vision. We want to prevent any harm to people, the environment or our assets on a lasting basis. That is why we carry out risk assessments and mitigations in all areas of HSEQ). Our top priority is to systematically reduce risks to people and nature. We focus as much on our own employees and contractors as we do on the people who live in the vicinity of our operations and nature.
The extended leadership team is primarily responsible for communicating all the company´s relevant HSEQ requirements within the organization and ensure that they are complied with.
We also know, however, that it is up to each and every employee. A high standard of safety can only be ensured in the long term if each individual feels responsible, adopts a proactive stance and is personally committed.
We firmly establish our HSEQ culture at the company by creating a trustful working environment It is characterised by open and transparent communication and a positive error management culture. In return, we expect our employees, contractors and partners to be actively committed to HSEQ.
Naturally, Wintershall Dea meets the statutory requirements applicable at each location. Our internal rules based on legal regulations at international standards build the foundation to fulfil our stakeholder´s obligations and the license to operate. Our management system helps us to identify, verify, report and monitor opportunities for improvement. It contains company-wide guidelines and rules developed by Wintershall Dea with regard to HSEQ.
Example: Policy for Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ)
Our HSEQ vision is: "zero harm to people, the environment and our assets” in other words, no injury to people or damage to the environment or facilities on a lasting basis. The foundation for that are five core elements enshrined in our HSEQ Policy. They specify how Wintershall Dea puts its corporate values into practice in everyday working life and are the basis for all employees’ actions.
HSEQ is our top priority. We strive for the highest practical standards.
Crisis management: In case - we're prepared
The purpose of our business management system is to document how we work at #TeamWintershallDea.
It also includes actions to be taken in case of an incident. However, the best possible way of responding to unexpected events is to have a clearly defined interdisciplinary management process and system. Only a planned and organised approach guarantees the best possible prevention and combating of emergencies.
Plans developed by our HSEQ experts and regular interdisciplinary safety and crisis exercises aim to ensure an ideal response in the event of an emergency. Training courses provided by HSEQ experts make employees aware of involved risks, and prepare them for the event of an emergency.
Example 1: Exercise - Extinguishing a fire at the barnstorf crude oil production site in lower saxony
Regular fire drills at our locations ensure that our employees take the right action in case of an emergency. Wintershall Dea continuously holds firefighting courses at all production sites worldwide. The training includes theory and practice exercises.
Example 2: Regular exercises in case of emergency
Wintershall Dea regularly organises activities to foster employees’ safety awareness. Basic trainings are held by our emergency response organisation on handling any emergency situations that could potentially occur onshore and offshore. Prior to going offshore, all personnel have to participate survival trainings that are provided by ResQ.
Example 3: Rescuing car accident victims in Egypt
Wintershall Dea provides defensive driving practical and theoretical trainings for all employees, company drivers, contractors and joint venture personnel. As driving is one of the HSEQ Life Saving Rules, we are committed to extend the awareness with the aim to enhance the skills for safe driving.
Safe & Healthy Workplace
Our top priorities are health and safety for everyone working with or for Wintershall Dea. The Life Saving Rules of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) are the basis for a safe working environment.
Every member of #teamwintershalldea has the immediate so called `’Stop Work Authority´ to be made use of in potentially unsafe situations.
`We care´ - is one of our company values. That´s why our employees´ physical and mental health is always in the centre of our efforts. Occupational health, health promotion and ensuring effective medical treatment in the event of an emergency are the pillars of our corporate health management.
Depending on the local requirements, our locations can set different priorities in organising health management. The measures range from information events, medical check-ups and occupational health consultations to ergonomic workplace inspections. Wintershall Dea carries out audits to check whether health standards and work instructions are complied with.
Example: Global health campaign
The tailor-made worldwide annual Health Campaign keeps our employees fit.
Be it attentiveness, cardiovascular, air & lungs, body & mind, muscles and back health, stress or nutrition – the topics are diverse. Posters, brochures and presentations, as well as videos and screen exercises on the intranet provide information about the respective topic. Causes, prevention and relief of health restrictions and illnesses are also highlighted. The campaigns are rounded off with practical exercises.
Occupational safety: Zero accidents as the declared goal
Everyone who works at Wintershall Dea should always be able to rely on a safe working environment. We provide the conditions for that. Anyone who works for us should suffer no harm whatsoever – zero accidents is our ambitious goal. That’s why we always give priority to safety. Our globally valid concepts are designed to protect employees, contractors, and our neighbours. Safety discussions, emergency training, awareness workshops and seminars are held regularly at all our locations. The extended leadership team sets a good example. They obliged to encourage and motivate employees to actively practise our HSEQ culture and sustainably develop it further.
Occupational safety: Zero accidents as the declared goal
Everyone who works at Wintershall Dea should always be able to rely on a safe working environment. We provide the conditions for that. Anyone who works for us should suffer no harm whatsoever – zero accidents is our ambitious goal. That’s why we always make safety a priority. Our globally valid concepts are designed to protect employees and contractors. Safety discussions, first aid trainings, awareness workshops and seminars are held regularly at all our locations. The extended leadership team sets a good example. Together with #TeamWintershallDea they are obliged to actively live and sustainably develop our HSEQ culture.
Process safety and asset integrity right from the start
Safe, reliable, efficient: Well, pipeline and asset integrity plays a key role in the natural gas and crude oil industry – no future-proof production without safe facilities. That’s why Wintershall Dea focuses on process safety and asset integrity in every project and in all phases. We apply high safety standards worldwide right from the planning stage to construction and, of course, during operation until decommissioning. These standards meet the local statutory requirements and, in part, exceed them. That leads to operational excellence. Naturally, we only use technology for exploration and production if it meets our high safety standards. That applies both, onshore and offshore. State-of-the-art technology is one of the underlying pillars of safety. We therefore invest in new facilities on an ongoing basis, and keep maintaining the integrity of our existing facilities.
Quality – the fundament of hightest standards in E&P-Business
Learning, sharing and improving every day drives us. A dedicated reporting of failures and successes lays the base.
Our 'Business Management System' acts as the operating instructions to live our high standard processes every day.
The containing 'Quality Management System' is at our core. We continuously improve by applying the plan-do-check-act cycle.
Physical and information protection: On high priority
We pay consistent attention to the security of our assets, our data and our know-how – and systematically equip ourselves to deal with potential hazards – to protect employees, contractors and our business operations. This applies especially in those regions of the world where everyday activities can suddenly change due to political or social unrest. Globally standardized, security concepts provide the necessary foundation.
Wintershall Dea attaches particular importance to information protection, since the value of a company is determined primarily by the knowledge and know-how it has. A worldwide network of information protection officers helps employees to implement globally binding requirements.
Contractor Management: High standards
Many projects in the natural gas and crude oil industry would be unimaginable without the support of external experts. That is why Wintershall Dea employs contractors in various areas. We select our contractors not just on the basis of economic criteria. Environmental protection as well as occupational health, safety and social standards are also taken into account in assessing new and existing contractor relationships. The criteria are strictly applied and regularly checked. Regarding compliance with HSE standards, Wintershall Dea places the same high requirements on its contractors as on its own employees.
Certified management systems
Our Business Management System is the frame for Wintershall Dea´s Corporate governance and internal regulations. The BMS sets company-wide requirements by processes and documents based on legal regulations and international standards.
Our locations in Germany, Norway and Egypt are certified.
Certificate Wintershall Dea Deutschland GmbH
IOGP 510 – Fundamentals of an effective Operational Management System
ISO 9001 – Quality Management System
ISO 45001 – for occupational health & safety management
ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System
ISO 50001 – Energy Management System
ISO 27001 – Information Technology & Information Security Management System