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Safety performance

We track our safety performance using industry standard metrics and work continuously to improve all aspects of our performance. Our focus on safety has resulted in steady improvement against international oil and gas industry benchmarks
Tragically, we suffered two fatalities in 2019. In July, a fire-fighting assistant in our biofuels business in Brazil was fatally injured following a fire truck accident while attending to an agricultural fire. In October, a contractor at our Whiting refinery in the US was fatally injured when he fell from a scaffold ladder. We are deeply saddened by these losses and continue to work towards eliminating injuries and fatalities in our work.
 
This work includes recognizing safety-related improvements. We do this in a number of ways including our BP Helios awards and our downstream ‘Believe in Zero’ awards. In 2019 the safety-related category of our Helios awards received 127 entries across 40 countries. ‘Believe in Zero’ recognized 47 downstream sites for their outstanding safety performance during the year.


Process safety

The total number of tier 1 and 2 incidents increased in 2019, mainly reflecting performance in assets acquired over the past 18 months. Removing these assets for a year-on-year comparison, the total reduced slightly in 2019, and represented a 32% reduction over the past five years.

Process safety events

(number of incidents) 

Personal safety 

Our recordable injury frequency (RIF) continues to show a downwards trend, with fewer recordable injuries than in any year since our records began. RIF reduced by 16% in 2019 including the addition of BHP assets, representing an overall reduction of 32% over the past five years – this equates to 155 fewer recordable injuries in our facilities.


Recordable injury frequencyb,c

– workforce (per 200,000 hours worked) 

Day away from work case frequency

– workforce (per 200,000 hours worked) 

a. Tier 1 events are losses of primary containment from a process of greatest consequence – causing harm to a member of the workforce, damage to equipment from a fire or explosion, community impact or exceeding defined quantities. Tier 2 events are those of lesser consequence. 
b. API and IOGP 2019 data reports are not available until May 2020.
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.