Safety culture at Shell

Safety is central to our operations around the world. We continually look for ways to make what we do safer and work with the wider industry to drive improvements.

Safety is always our top priority. We aim to have zero fatalities and no incidents that harm people, or put our neighbours or facilities at risk.

We are proud of our strong safety record but we know maintaining this requires constant vigilance. So we continually seek new ways to improve our performance. One way we do this is through our global Life-Saving Rules. They set out clear and simple “dos and don’ts” covering 12 activities with the highest potential safety risk. 

We continually reinforce our safety culture through events such as our annual global safety day. This provides activities where employees and contractors gain a better understanding of safety risks and identify ways to minimise them. 

In the UK we actively participate in the Step Change in Industry safety initiative. This partnership between the industry, the workforce and the regulator aims to make the UK the safest oil and gas exploration and production province in the world.

A challenge we face in the UK is the age of our North Sea assets, and we invest significantly to maintain them. In late 2009 we completed a £1.2 billion, two-year project to upgrade equipment across our North Sea installations to safeguard the safety of our assets.

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