Transportation safety

We work to safely transport our people and equipment to our sites, and our fuel to customers

Driving safety

Severe vehicle accident rate (per million kilometres driven)

Severe vehicle accident rate (per million kilometres driven) - chart
ᵃ This figure is based on our new definition which aligns with industry practice. We have included an estimate of the rate based on our previous definition for comparative purposes.

Vehicle accidents remain one of our industry’s key risks. In 2016, BP employees and contractors drove over 500 million kilometres, the equivalent of about 13,300 journeys around the world. Transporting fuel from refineries to service stations, along with other downstream activities, account for most of these kilometres.

There were 554 reported vehicle accidents in 2016. This was the second consecutive year in which we have recorded no driving-related workforce fatalities. We believe this reflects the positive impacts of a sustained effort to improve driving safety, working with employees, contractors and communities.

We provide drivers with guidance on road safety, including advice on what constitutes a fit-for-purpose vehicle. We tailor our driving safety programmes to take account of local risks and conditions, such as driving culture, road quality or extreme weather. For example, in certain locations where we consider driving safety to be a greater risk, we use in-vehicle monitoring systems such as GPS tracking and cameras.

Rail safety

Our sites receive and distribute oil and gas products by rail using BP-owned or leased, as well as third-party, railcars. Much of this is in the US. For example, at our Cherry Point refinery we receive on average 55,000 barrels of crude oil by rail per day.

Our railcars have insulation to protect cargo in the event of a fire and a protective shell to defend against puncturing and resulting spills or releases.

Aviation safety

We use a variety of aircraft in our operations, sometimes in challenging conditions, such as offshore or in remote areas. Our safety requirements cover the approval of aviation operators, contracting for aviation services, and the safe management of any aircraft operated on behalf of BP.

There have been a number of incidents in the industry involving helicopters in the North Sea over the past few years. Helicopter suppliers, regulators and oil and gas companies have collectively analysed these events. As a result, our industry is using enhanced emergency breathing systems for offshore helicopter passengers in the UK and is evaluating plans for a wider roll-out.

There was a serious incident involving a helicopter in the North Sea in April 2016. Although the incident did not involve BP, the helicopter operators who provide services to us no longer use these aircraft for transporting BP workers.

Shipping safety

We move significant volumes of oil, gas, lubricants and chemicals around the world by sea and through local waterways. We use both BP-operated and chartered vessels. All are subject to our health, safety, security and environmental requirements. To help avoid major spills, all ships in our managed international fleet are double-hulled.

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