Aker Kvaerner Subsea Verifies its HSE Credentials

Aker Kvaerner Subsea has become one of the latest businesses to join an energy industry initiative designed to test and prove the health, safety and environmental (HSE) credentials of member companies.

The business has joined First Point Assessment Ltd's (FPAL) Verify scheme, established as a means of carrying out an independent audit of a company's capability and providing the results to prospective clients.

The scheme cuts the need for repetitive audits by operating companies as they can access the results of the comprehensive assessment carried out by FPAL on an ongoing basis.

Aker Kvaerner Subsea's participation in the program followed a successful site visit by FPAL personnel, prompted in part by interest from Venture Production in the business's services.

Quality Assurance Manager Pamela Barclay said:

"We work constantly to sustain and enhance our HSE standards and we are delighted to have been given this independent vote of confidence, which further underlines to the operating community our high standards in this key area."

HSE Manager Charlie Ingram added:

"HSE is a core value in Aker Kvaerner. This assessment verifies not only that we have an effective HSE operating system in place but also that we have employee engagement in the management of HSE, which is essential to help us to move continually towards attaining higher goals in our HSE Just Care culture and performance."

Venture's HSEQ Manager Boyd Wright said:

"Venture was a founder member of FPAL Verify and believes it greatly aids efficiency across the industry. We are pleased to see more and more oil companies becoming subscribers and working together to ensure that the major contracting and services companies are all involved.

"Venture requires and expects all its key partners – of which Aker Kvaerner is one – to have high standards. Aker Kvaerner Subsea's report exhibits to all existing and prospective clients that its baseline HSE management system does have that high standard, and is robust and actually implemented."

Verify is designed to improve and promote effective management of HSE issues across the oil and gas supply chain. It helps share best practice and thus helps raise industry standards. Participants in the process undergo a rigorous series of steps, including detailed evaluations and site visits.