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Safety is always our first priority. We aim to have zero fatalities and to prevent incidents like spills, fires, and accidents. We are working to ensure compliance with our safety procedures and tackling the cultural issues that can lead to unsafe behaviour.
All Shell companies and the contractors who work for us, as well as the joint ventures where Shell has a controlling interest, are required to manage safety in line with our Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy and Commitment. This includes our goal to do no harm to people and the requirement to apply an effective management system.
Our group Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Management System provides a framework for managing HSSE at our locations worldwide. This ensures that we manage safety systematically and have the right resources, skills, tools, standards and procedures in place. For example, the HSSE Management System includes our road safety and asset integrity standards.
We do not accept that fatalities are an inevitable consequence of working in a hazardous industry. We believe we can operate with zero fatalities, and zero significant incidents. The phrase “Goal Zero”, which we launched in 2007, captures this belief. To support the drive for Goal Zero, we are developing the safety leadership skills of our staff, rewarding successful performance and getting better at checking that rules are being followed.
Personal safety means that our people follow the rules and work safely. We are working to prevent accidents by introducing simpler and clearer safety policies that are easier for employees and contractors to understand and follow. Improving safety on the road remains a focus, since road accidents account for a large share of incidents.