Seitel SEISMS Standards

​Seitel, Inc. and its subsidiaries, herein referred to as Seitel or the Company, has developed ten standards which describe the elements of its management system SEISM. This document describes each of the standards.


Figure 01: SEISMS Standards


01 Commitment and accountability

This standard addresses top down commitment and company culture necessary for the success of the Seitel Sustainable Management System (SEISMS).


Senior management of the company will provide strong, visible leadership and commitment to Heath, Safety, Security, Environment and Sustainable Development (HSSE and SD). They will ensure that their commitment is translated into the necessary resources to develop, implement, operate and maintain the Seitel Sustainable Management System (SEISMS). Management should ensure that strategic objectives are set and achieved and should provide support for local actions taken to protect HSSE and SD.


Seitel should create and sustain a company culture that supports SEISMS based on;

  • Belief in the company’s desire to continually improve HSSE and SD performance;

  • Motivation to improve personal HSSE and SD performance;

  • Acceptance of individual responsibility and accountability for HSSE and SD performance;

  • Participation and involvement at all levels in SEISMS development;

  • Commitment to an effective SEISMS.

Employees of both Seitel and its contractors should be involved in the creation and maintenance of such a supportive culture.


Seitel’s policies apply throughout Seitel operations. Every Seitel site shall establish such procedures and practices as are necessary to comply with local laws, Seitel policies, industry best practice and these standards. 


02 Policies, standards and objectives

This standard addresses corporate intentions, principles of action and aspirations with the aim of continually improving HSSE and SD performance.


Seitel management will define and document its HSSE and SD Policies and Strategic and Annual objectives and ensure that they:

  • Are consistently applied across Seitel;

  • Are relevant to Seitel’s activities;

  • Are consistent with other Seitel Policies;

  • Have equal importance to Seitel’s other Policies and Objectives;

  • Commit the Company to meet or exceed all relevant statutory requirements;

  • Apply responsible industry standards where laws and regulations do not exist;

  • Commit to reduce the HSSE risk and the hazards associated with its activities to levels which are tolerable or As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP);

  • Set objectives that commit Seitel to continuously improve HSSE and SD performance.

Seitel will establish and periodically review HSSE and SD strategic objectives.


03 Organization, resources and capability

This standard addresses the organization of people, resources and documentation to continually improve HSSE and SD performance.


Success in developing, implementing, operating and maintaining HSSE and SD requires the active participation of all levels of management and supervision as well as the engagement of employees. Seitel will define and communicate, with the aid of organization charts where appropriate, the roles, responsibilities authorities and accountabilities and the inter-relationships necessary to implement SEISMS, including but not limited to;

  • Provision of a management representative and resources for HSSE and SD;

  • Initiation of actions to ensure compliance with policies;

  • Acquisition, interpretation and provision of information on HSSE and SD matters;

  • Identification and recording of corrective and preventive actions and opportunities to improve HSSE and SD performance;

  • Recommendation, initiation or provision of mechanisms for continuous improvement and verification of their implementation;

  • Control of activities while corrective actions are being implemented;

  • Control of emergency situations;

  • Ensuring the Competency of Seitel’s employees is formally identified, assessed and managed and that appropriate training is undertaken as required and the effectiveness of the training is quantified;

  • Assuring that Contractors’ HSSE MS is adequate and that where inadequacies arise, they are formally bridged to Seitel’s standards and that the ongoing efficacy of the Contractors HSSEMS is measured by both leading and lagging indicators;

  • Maintaining effective communication in a variety of different formats to all its stakeholders, internal and external;    

  • Maintaining a system of documentation and Document Control for HSSE and SD matters.


04 Customers and stakeholders

This standard addresses the engagement, participation, requirements and expectations of customers and stakeholders in Seitel’s businesses.


Relevant information shall be provided to employees, contractors, stakeholders and the public concerning the effects of the Company’s operations and activities on the Health and Safety of people and on the environment.  As applicable, there shall be consultation and communication with all relevant parties to promote involvement in improvement programs.


The safety, health and environmental implications of all aspects of work carried out by others on behalf of Seitel shall be considered. Competent contractors shall be selected, monitored and supplied with sufficient information to ensure that the safety and health of their employees is not put at risk by Seitel activities. The contractor shall be required to provide sufficient information to ensure that the safety and health of Seitel employees or others is not put at risk or Seitel environmental standards compromised by the contractor’s activities. The purchase and supply of raw materials, equipment and services shall be specified and monitored to ensure HSSE and SD requirements are met.


A HSSE and SD assessment shall form part of any proposal for acquisition or divestment. Systems shall be established for post-acquisition audits and for acquisitions to conform to the Seitel Policies and SEISMS Standards and Procedures.

05 Risk management

This standard addresses the identification of hazards, the assessment of risk for all activities, products and services and the development of measures to reduce the risks to tolerable or ALARP.


Risk Management is the term applied to a logical and systematic method of establishing the context, identifying, analyzing, evaluating, treating, monitoring and communicating risks associated with activities, functions or processes in a way that will enable organizations to minimize losses  - and maximize opportunities.  A system shall be in place to identify sources of hazards, to assess the probability of occurrence, exposures and consequences and to evaluate prevention and mitigation measures.


Risk management will encompass, but will not be limited to, the following elements;

  • Workplace safety;

  • Process safety;

  • Occupational and community health;

  • Environmental Impacts and conservation;

  • Social responsibility and ethical conduct;

  • Security.


06 Design, integrity and optimization

This standard addresses the design, integrity and optimization of new projects and processes.


A system shall be in place for the management of projects and the design of all new facilities, plants, equipment and processes.  Design and construction shall be in accordance with relevant standards, codes and the most stringent statutory requirements.  Relevant studies shall be carried out to identify hazards and assess risks to people and the environment Hazards shall be eliminated or the consequent risks reduced as far as reasonably practicable. 

The standard will encompass, at a minimum the following elements;

  • Design for inherent safety;

  • Projects and Operations Integration;

  • Maintenance and reliability;

  • Quality Assurance;

  • Decommissioning and remediation.


07 Plans and procedures

This standard addresses the planning of activities including risk reduction measures and control. This includes planning for existing operations, managing changes and developing emergency response measures.


Systems of work or operating procedures shall be drawn up and maintained to ensure the health and safety of people and the protection of the environment. Hazards shall be identified and their consequent risks reduced to as low as reasonably practicable.  Control measures such as Permit to Work (PTW) and Management of Change (MoC) shall be implemented and monitoring programs arranged will demonstrate safe and healthy working conditions, safe behavior and effective protection of the environment and assets.


Any modifications to activities, facilities or the arrangements for their operation, including personnel, shall not compromise and, where possible, shall improve HSSE performance. Proposals for changes to activities, plant, equipment, processes, procedures and control systems shall be registered and assessed, and modifications shall be authorized by the designated level of management befitting the seriousness of the risk. Hazard assessments and studies shall be carried out, appropriate design, HSE and operational considerations made and all changes properly implemented and recorded.


Transportation procedures shall cover minimum standards of equipment, maintenance, skills, licensing, training and inspection.  Minimum acceptable transportation parameters shall be defined.


A complete and current inventory shall be available of all raw materials, intermediates, products, wastes and other materials present at the workplace. The associated hazards shall be identified and risks to people and environment assessed and controlled. Appropriate information shall be maintained to enable all materials to be properly handled, stored, transported, used and disposed of. Appropriate limits for workplace exposure to all relevant materials and physical agents shall be established and disseminated.


The nature and scale of all reasonably foreseeable emergencies, including transport emergencies shall be identified.  Adequate formal arrangements, appropriate to the hazards and risks involved, shall be established to deal with these emergencies.  The arrangements shall be made in association with the public emergency services and appropriate third parties (where applicable or feasible).  Plans shall be communicated and regularly rehearsed and reviewed.

08 Execution of activities

This standard address the processes for managing the execution of activities, either product or project based.


All facilities and the arrangements for their operation shall be equipped and maintained to ensure

  • continued safe operation;

  • the health of people;

  • the minimum practicable adverse environmental impact.

There shall be periodic reviews of hazards to identify opportunities for the elimination or reduction of hazards and routine inspections of plant, equipment and premises to ensure their fitness for purpose.  These reviews and inspections shall take into account process hazards, engineering integrity, containment of materials, fire protection systems and other measures, such that there is continued conformance with exposure limits and reduction of risks as far as reasonably practicable. Appropriate records relating to activities, equipment, plant or facilities and their processes shall be maintained.


Seitel controlled businesses shall ensure that HSSE aspects are managed in an ethical and responsible manner, from original concept or mobilization to the ultimate use and disposal or demobilization. The HSSE implications shall be taken into account prior to the launch of new products or projects. The HSSE and SD hazards from new products, projects and processes and the consequential risks shall be reduced to tolerable or As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP).

09 Monitoring, reporting and feedback

This standard addresses how activities are to be performed and monitored. Also how corrective action is to be taken when necessary.


Activities and tasks should be conducted according to procedures and work instructions developed at the planning stage or earlier in accordance with HSSE Policy:

  • At senior management level, the development of strategic objectives and high-level planning activities should be conducted;

  • At Supervisory and managerial level, written directions regarding activities (which typically involve many tasks) will normally take the form of plans and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs);

  • At the site level, written direction regarding tasks will normally be in the form of work instructions, issued in accordance with a defined safe system of work including but not limited to Permits to Work [PTW], Simultaneous Operations [SIMOPS], Lock out tag out [LOTO] and manual of permitted operations [MOPO].

All locations shall report HSE performance, including, but not limited to Near Misses and Hazards as well as incidents and accidents involving personal injury and work related illness, environmental damage and property loss. Incidents and public complaints shall be recorded, investigated and appropriate corrective action taken to prevent recurrence.  Records of performance shall be maintained and information and statistics reported for review as required by Management.

10 Assurance, review and learning

This standard addresses HSSE and SD assurance and review and learning opportunities.


Formal auditing procedures shall be defined and implemented to ensure that the systems adopted to meet these Standards are soundly established, maintained and observed.  Deficiencies identified during audit shall be formally recorded, their implications assessed and corrective actions prioritized, implemented and closed out.


A formal performance review against objectives will be conducted and learnings from experience will be captured tracked, and implemented.


Competencies and expertise for HSSE and SD shall be taken into consideration in the selection and placement of employees. Training needs shall be identified and satisfied to ensure that all employees have the necessary skills and behave with proper regard for the safety and health of themselves and others, and for environmental protection. Training and validation arrangements shall be regularly reviewed.