Personal health and safety

We are committed to keeping people safe, whether they work on our sites or live in communities near our operations

Despite our efforts, we experienced three workforce fatalities in 2016. One contractor died following a leg injury sustained at our biofuels business in Brazil and two contractors died in a pipeline construction incident in Oman. We deeply regret the loss of these lives and continue to focus our efforts on eliminating the risk of injuries and fatalities in our work. Following the Oman incident, we have shared lessons learned across BP as well as with our industry peers.

Golden rules

Our golden rules of safety guide our workers on staying safe while performing tasks with the potential to cause the most harm. The rules are aligned with our operating management system and focus on areas such as working at heights, lifting operations and driving safety.

Leadership and capability

Creating and maintaining the right safety culture is an essential part of operating safely. It takes strong leadership and personal responsibility from all members of our workforce, who each have a responsibility and the authority to stop unsafe work.

There’s always an opportunity to learn from each other - especially in terms of safety. It pushes us to consistently challenge ourselves to be better.
Jason James, blender process superintendent, Cherry Point refinery

Health and wellbeing

We aim to manage health hazards that could cause harm to our workforce or nearby communities. For some of our more significant hazards - such as exposure to benzene or noise - we monitor exposure levels and use that information to put appropriate measures in place. For example, at our Kwinana refinery in Australia, we reduce noise exposure by using quieter equipment and sound barriers.

Our health programmes consider global concerns, such as the possibility of an influenza pandemic. The zika virus emerged as a new threat in 2016 and we provided guidance to our employees on how to avoid the mosquito-spread disease.

We also encourage our employees to assess their lifestyles and provide online training modules in the areas where we see the most need, such as fatigue, stress, office ergonomics and travel health.

Product safety

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.

Our performance

We monitor and report on key workforce personal safety metrics and include both employees and contractors in our data.

Our recordable injury frequency and our day away from work rates have reduced across BP in 2016. This continues a pattern of improvement in personal safety over a number of years, which is encouraging. However, we know we must maintain our efforts to continue improving safety in our operations.

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

Recordable injury frequency – workforce (per 200,000 hours worked) - chart
ᵃ API and OGP 2016 data reports are not available until May 2017

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

Day away from work case frequency – workforce (per 200,000 hours worked) - chart
ᵃ API and OGP 2016 data reports are not available until May 2017

We measure our workforce recordable injury frequency, which is the number of reported work-related incidents that result in a fatality or injury 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 (or shift) or more.

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