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Our safety performance

We track our safety performance using industry metrics and work to continuously improve personal and process safety across BP

In 2018 we saw a reduction in the number of tier 1 and tier 2 process safety events. We also saw an overall decrease in our recordable injury frequency and day away from work case frequency.


However, our goals stay the same  ̶  to have no accidents, no harm to people and no damage to the environment. There is always more we can do and we remain focused on achieving better results today and in the future. We do that by:


  • Training our staff well and giving them the tools they need to do their job
  • Promoting a working environment that encourages everyone to speak up and care
  • Focusing on the systematic and disciplined application of our processes.

Our Cherry Point refinery in the US marked a historic milestone in April 2018, when its employees and contractors – representing more than 80 local companies – passed 25 million hours and more than five years worked without a single day away from work case.

“Safety is our first priority – on every job, every day. Our values determine how we work, and no value is more important than safety. We want all our people to go home in the same way that they came to work, or even better.”
Bob Allendorfer,Cherry Point refinery manager, BP

Our safety data

Process safety eventsᵃ (number of incidents)
Process safety events (number of incidents)
Recordable injury frequencyᵇᶜ – workforce (per 200,000 hours worked)
Recordable injury frequency – workforce (per 200,000 hours worked)
Day away from work case frequencybd – workforce (per 200,000 hours worked)
Day away from work case frequency – workforce (per 200,000 hours worked)
a  Tier 1 process safety events are losses of primary containment of greater consequence, such as causing harm to a member of the workforce, costly damage to equipment, or exceeding defined quantities. Tier 2 events are those of lesser consequence.
b  API and IOGP 2018 data reports are not available until May 2019.
c  The number of reported work-related incidents that result in a fatality or injury.
d  The number of incidents that resulted in an injury where a person is unable to work for a day (or shift) or more.