Shell Internationale Petroleum Maatschappij B.V. ("SEPM"), is a service company in the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies who provides services worldwide (outside of the USA) to Shell Operating Companies. It has defined and recommended for implementation by Shell Companies a policy on safety ("Enhanced Safety Management policy") to manage the total safety aspects of all they do, including the design, engineering, installation and operation of their facilities worldwide. This policy affects all activities in such a way as to avoid harm to health of, or injury to employees and others as well as avoiding damage to property. This in turn reflects through specific policies and standards for investment strategy, engineering and operations of facilities.

From the development of this policy SIPM has established tools and techniques for assessing and improving the safety of design and operations in its activities.

Two relatively independent tasks face the manager in concerning the HSE aspects of his work:

  • to optimise the development of the facilities and the associated procedures, and technical information so as to minimise the hazards during their operating life and subsequent abandonment;

  • to exercise full control of the HSE aspects in the execution of the work itself.

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