01 Oct 2003

In an industry that deals with inflammable and potentially explosive products, safety considerations have to be paramount. Since the mid 1990s CONCAWE, with the input of its member companies, has been compiling personal incident statistics of downstream oil industry workers and publishing these in a yearly report. These statistics bear witness to the oil industry’s commitment to safety, demonstrating a marked improvement since the early 1990s (Figure 1). Thanks to its efforts, the oil industry can report much lower incident rates than industry at large. It is intended to extend this incident monitoring to include hydrocarbon spills and fires. Through regular meetings of safety experts within CONCAWE, member companies also have the opportunity to exchange valuable information on actual incidents, and to share the lessons to be learned more generally on a range of safety management issues.