In 2017 we continued to see a reduction in the overall number of process safety events, despite a slight increase in tier 1, the more serious events. We also saw a small increase in our recordable injury frequency and day away from work case frequency.
Improving safety in our operations is a high priority and we are working on it right across the business.
We investigate safety incidents and near misses to identify any potential underlying themes and we use leading indicators, like inspections and equipment tests, to monitor the strength of controls to prevent incidents.
What we learn from performance insights helps us focus our safety efforts. For example, we are implementing actions to support the performance and reliability of our people, with the express aim of reducing the chances of mistakes occurring.
Proactively managing equipment corrosion is also a focus for us – and we believe this is helping to deliver improvements in process safety in our upstream and downstream businesses.