Quality, Health, Safety, Environment and Security

Taking the Lead with QHSES


McDermott launched its Taking the Lead with QHSES program in 2015, which was designed to embed excellence in QHSES performance into the company culture. 

“Taking the Lead with QHSES means we will proactively develop and support the behaviors and attitudes that lead to a robust QHSES culture and excellence in QHSES performance.” 
– David Dickson, President & Chief Executive Officer

McDermott will set a winning example in Quality, Health, Safety, Environment and Security, and encourage our partners, subcontractors and clients to work with us, breaking through the barriers of contract, geography and past practices in the pursuit of outstanding QHSES performance.

We expect everyone at McDermott to continually be on the lookout for ways to set a positive QHSES example and will encourage others to do the same. Taking the Lead does not suggest that we will win at the expense of others.

McDermott’s global operations employs a diverse workforce. This diversity gives McDermott the strength and depth of knowledge to tackle complex onshore and offshore EPC projects around the world. Taking the Lead brings a single, united QHSES culture to this diverse workforce. A culture where setting the right example in QHSES attitude and behavior is simply ‘In our DNA.’

McDermott Operational Values 

At the heart of Taking the Lead are the McDermott Operational Values (MOV). The MOVs were created to raise awareness of High Potential activities. 

After a thorough review of existing procedures and processes within the company, twelve areas were identified to be major “gateways” that lead to either success or failure in work activities from a QHSES and execution perspective. The twelve MOVs are:

  • Readiness Planning
  • Journey Management
  • Risk Impact
  • Plant Equipment
  • Mechanical Lifting
  • Permit to Work
  • Ground Disturbance
  • Working at Height
  • Confined Space
  • Energy Isolation
  • Management of Change
  • Continual Improvement

Each of the MOVs are of equal importance and affect activities in different ways throughout the various stages of operations. All of the MOVs are supported by policies and procedures, and by elevating these to a value level, we can embed them more deeply in our culture.

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