Contractor safety

More than half the hours worked by BP are carried out by contractors

Our ability to be a safe operator depends in part on the capability and performance of those who help us carry out our work. Our standard model contracts include health, safety and security requirements. Bridging documents are necessary in some cases to define how our safety management system and those of our contractors co-exist to manage risk on a site.

Contracts involving work that could result in the most serious safety risks demand our highest scrutiny. We conduct pre-contract quality, technical, health, safety, security and environmental audits for these contractors on a risk-prioritized basis, and provide structured oversight while the work is carried out.

In 2016 we brought together suppliers of goods and services to our upstream operations to discuss how the industry can collaborate on safety. A focus of the event was the importance of reinforcing a speak-up culture. When people feel comfortable reporting safety concerns, leaders have an opportunity to address issues, and this can in turn help prevent incidents.

Shared problem solving

We have been working with drilling contractors and equipment manufacturers to analyse causes of failure in blowout preventers - the mechanical devices used to seal and control hydrocarbons during drilling operations.

This work has led to greater reliability, with a significant reduction since 2012 in the number of times that we need to bring this subsea equipment up to the surface for unplanned testing and maintenance. It has also led to equipment manufacturers redesigning valve and seal components in the blowout preventers.

Building on this, we have been working with other operators, rig contractors and equipment manufacturers to develop an industry-wide database to share information on blowout preventer defects and failures. This has led to broader industry collaboration on enhancing the performance of the equipment.

Training together

We work with Maersk Training to provide our drilling teams with state-of-the-art simulation facilities in the US and Denmark. BP staff and contractors practice working together under the specific conditions found in their drilling operation. This provides valuable hands-on training to prepare our teams to tackle critical jobs on the rig. In addition to technical skills development, the training enhances how participants work with each other, lead, make decisions and manage various challenges.

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