Safety is our top priority and we continue working to embed safety and operational risk management into the heart of the company

Safety performance of BP in Azerbaijan



Day away from work case frequency
Recordable injury frequency
Total vehicle accident rate
Kilometres driven (millions)
Hours worked (millions)

Personal health and safety

We aim to continually promote health and wellbeing in the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey (AGT) region by mitigating health risks to our employees, creating a healthy work environment and helping our employees to maximize their productivity. We also aim to take relevant steps to protect the health of communities near or which could be affected by our work.

We work to reduce exposure to occupational risks that may include noise, chemicals, ergonomics, manual handling, food hygiene, infectious diseases, fatigue, fitness for task, stress and other emerging health issues. Our health programmes consider factors affecting people at work, from the existence of hazardous conditions or substances, to global concerns such as the possibility of an influenza pandemic or other outbreak of infectious disease. These programmes include ‘Smoking cessation’, annual ‘Heart Day’ and ‘Seasonal flu vaccinations’ campaigns.

Driving safety

We continue implementation of a driving improvement plan, which sets clear requirements for safety, training, assessment and behaviour of drivers in the AGT region. 

Leadership and Safety culture

Leadership takes actions to develop and maintain a culture and behaviours that enable safe, responsible and reliable operations. Safety is one of  BP's  five core values along with Courage, Respect, Excellence and One Team and the Code of conduct which sets out the basic rules we must follow. In AGT region we build a culture where everyone feels responsible for their safety and those around them.  We continue activities aimed at making safety culture sustainable throughout the Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey region. 

Human Factor

Human Factors can be a significant contributor to both occupational and process safety accidents. In order to understand how Human Factors influence in maintaining safe, reliable and sustainable operations, BP AGT Region develops and implements projects that improve human reliability and decrease incidents. These projects affect everyone in a positive way and improve safety and allow safety interventions to be taken to support the AGT region personnel in working safely.

Safety training and awareness

In line with our health and safety training sustainability strategy, BP is developing training for the personnel on its oil and gas platforms in Azerbaijan in the use of a totally enclosed motor propelled survival craft (TEMPSC), as an alternative means of evacuation in the event of an incident offshore. To meet this objective, two TEMPSCs and the associated davits were purchased. Local sites and training provider identified and the company works towards implementations.

Operational safety

BP continues to make progress to further strengthen operational guidance, enhance risk management processes and develop common capability standards for BP personnel and relevant service providers. 

BP is committed to doing what is necessary to implement the recommendations made in the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Investigation Report (the Bly Report).  By the  end of 2014, the total number of the completed recommendations was 25. 

Regional verification process

Based on BP group guidance, BP AGT has developed processes for the self-verification of Operating Management System implementation in our business functions and the embedding of Safety and Operational Risk assurance programmes. These activities are designed to cover all areas of BP AGT operation and provide both our regional and BP group management with the knowledge and understanding that operations are being undertaken in compliance with relevant legislation, group standards and local procedures – while also identifying relevant areas for continuous improvement. 

Working with partners and contractors

Our ability to be a safe and responsible operator depends in part on the capability and performance of our contractors. 

We aim to set out clear and consistent expectations of our contractors. In our Upstream business, our standard contracts include, for example, health, safety, security and environment requirements. In some cases, bridging documents are necessary that define how our safety management system and that of our contractors’ co-exist to manage risk on the work site. We are working with our strategic suppliers to create consistent and standardized global technical specifications for our equipment, this is initially focused on new projects.