Safety at BP
Health and safety is one of our highest priorities: our goal is clear - no accidents and no harm to people
Our goal is to cause no accidents and no harm to people. Over the past 16 years our efforts have produced a marked improvement in safety. In 1987 our safety performance - measured using the industry-standard Days Away From Work Case Frequency (DAFWCF) per 200,000 hours worked - was 1.55. In 2003 it was 0.10, achieving the target we set for the year.
Despite these improvements, serious accidents still occur. During 2003, there were five employee and 15 contractor fatalities: 20 workforce fatalities in total - seven more than in 2002. This is 20 too many: a cause for serious concern and a stark reminder that we have a long way to go to achieve our ultimate goal. 14 of these incidents were vehicle or road transport related.
BP driving standardWe deeply regret that 31 members of the public were killed in incidents involving BP in 2003. Of these, 28 were the result of road accidents. The control we exercise over road safety is limited, but we are determined to help tackle this pressing global issue. A new BP driving standard sets stringent rules for BP employees and recommends that they are followed during all BP-contractor driving activities. Implementation of the driving standard begins in 2004 and it will come into force during 2005.
HealthmapDuring 2003 we continued the implementation of our health risk assessment and planning system, HealthMap. By the end of 2003 over 2,227 individuals were using the system and a total of 98 health plans had been published, with more in development.
2003 also brought a new health challenge: the threat of SARS. In response, a BP SARS crisis team was established to provide support and advice to over 5,000 BP employees working in Asia. Their actions helped ensure that no BP employees, contractors, or related family members, contracted the disease.