Health and personal safety

We strive to create and maintain safe and healthy working environments

We are committed to keeping people safe, whether they are working on our sites or living in communities near our operations.

Personal safety

Each member of the workforce has an obligation and the authority to stop unsafe work. We provide our operations personnel with training on identifying hazards and addressing risks associated with tasks. We have ‘golden rules’ aligned to our operating management system that guide our workers on staying safe in situations with the potential to cause most harm. Our golden rules for safety focus on areas such as working at height, lifting operations and driving safety. Although the rate of serious personal safety incidents has declined since BP originally introduced the rules in 2003, we have updated them to signal their continued importance in these high-risk areas. 

Creating the right safety culture at our sites is important. It takes strong leadership and an active commitment to safe operating from all members of the workforce. For example, our Frontignan fuel terminal in France passed a milestone in 2015 of four years without a single day away from work case. They achieved this by focusing on good practice in contractor management, tightening up on adherence to safety procedures, and clear, consistent communication from management about the duty to stop unsafe work.

Our performance

We monitor and report on key workforce personal safety metrics and include both employees and contractors in our data. In 2015 BP reported one workforce fatality in Turkey that occurred when a ceiling collapsed during renovations at a recently acquired retail site. We are saddened by this death and continue to dedicate ourselves to eliminating injuries and fatalities in our work.

We measure our workforce recordable injury frequency, which is the number of reported work-related incidents that result in a fatality or injury (apart from minor first aid cases) per 200,000 hours worked. We also measure our day away from work case frequency, which is the number of incidents per 200,000 hours worked that resulted in an injury where a person is unable to work for a day (shift) or more.

Both our recordable injury frequency and our workforce day away from work case frequency improved in 2015. Although this is encouraging, we continue to focus our efforts on safety to reduce incidents.

Recordable injury frequency - workforce (per 200,000 hours worked)

ᵃ API and IOGP data reports for 2015 are not available until May 2016.

Day away from work case frequency - workforce (per 200,000 hours worked)

ᵃ API and IOGP data reports for 2015 are not available until May 2016.

Health and wellbeing

We aim to manage occupational risks and reduce exposure to hazardous substances. As part of this, we have piloted a new process to recommend internal occupational exposure limits for substances such as hydrogen sulphide. We plan to extend this to other priority substances in 2016. 
Our health programmes consider global concerns, such as the possibility of an influenza pandemic or a disease like ebola. We also have programmes around the world to help improve the health of communities in which we operate. 

We run programmes to promote healthy lifestyles, such as online training modules on fatigue, stress, office ergonomics and travel health. Our fatigue module, which has been viewed 20,000 times, offers strategies to improve sleep quality and combat tiredness, warning of the impacts fatigue can have on both health and work outcomes.

Product stewardship

We aim to manage our products throughout their life cycle to meet customer and legal expectations and intended performance. 

We assess our products to identify any potential health, safety or environmental aspects and to verify compliance with chemical control, product safety and hazard communication regulations, monitoring developments in regulation globally. 

We work with industry, government, and others to advance knowledge about the safe use of our products.


The information on this page forms part of the information reviewed and reported on by Ernst & Young as part of BP's 2015 sustainability reporting. View the full assurance statement.

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