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The Hess Rules

Safety Guides All We Do: The Hess Rules

At Hess, our first priority is the safety of our workforce. Through our safety programs and practices, Hess seeks to maintain a culture in which employees and contractors work to keep each other safe on the job, so that everyone across our operations returns home safe every day.

Greg Hill on Safety

Greg Hill, Hess President and COO, talks about the importance of safety and The Hess Rules.

The Hess Rules: Putting Rules into Practice

We established The Hess Rules in 2011 as requirements to follow when performing high-risk activities. They help prevent injuries, fatalities and catastrophic events to ensure Everyone, Everywhere, Home Safe, Every day. This current version is aligned with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP) Life-Saving Rules - Report 459 to support standardization of Life-Saving Rules across the oil and gas industry.

Energy Isolation

Verify isolation and zero energy before work begins.

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Lifting and Hoisting

Plan lifting operations and control the area.

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Working at Heights

Protect yourself against a fall when working at height.

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Confined Space Entry

Obtain authorization before entering a confined space.

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Hot Work

Control flammables and ignition sources.

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Excavation and Trenching

All excavation and trenching work greater than 4 feet (1.2 meters) deep requires written approval.

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Land Transportation (Bakken)

Follow safe driving rules.

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Land Transportation (Houston)

Follow safe driving rules.

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Safety System Bypass

Obtain authorization before overriding or disabling safety controls.

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Line of Fire Including Dropped Object Prevention

Keep yourself and others out of the line of fire.

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Hess Rules booklet

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guide to the Hess Rules


Control of Work Guide

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Work Guide for Hess Rules

The Hess Rules Poster

Hess Rules Poster

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