Quotes & stories

Saskia Haye–Geervliet

Manager QHSE

The daily challenge for me is to make sure that everyone has thought about the risks, and to ensure that we have the tools, procedures and competency to make it happen safely.”

A practical approach, an engineering background and a lot of common sense are a few of the qualities that I took with me when I started with Allseas in 2001. Mathematical engineering studies combined with 10 years of experience in safety engineering for offshore platforms was a solid background to assess the technical challenges I face as Manager QHSE.

I enjoy the discussions I have with the engineers of various disciplines on the safety aspects of their designs, procedures and equipment. My favourite question is: “Where is the guy operating/handling this equipment?” This normally is sufficient to make the engineer realise that his design, procedure or equipment cannot be operational without a few crew members nearby, who are thus being exposed to whatever hazard is involved. The daily challenge for me is to make sure that everyone has thought about the risks, and to ensure that we have the tools, procedures and competency to make it happen safely.

I have seen the industry and the company change over the last 10 years. Safety has become an integral part of all of our operations, and the mind-set that it is possible to operate with “zero harm” has become the accepted way of thinking about the technical challenges we face. I am happy that I was part of this change, but I am also convinced that there are many more things to improve upon in the years to come. I am not finished with Allseas yet!