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To prevent accidents, we manage safety in a systematic way and are introducing simpler and clearer requirements that are easier for people to understand and follow.

All companies and joint ventures under Shell operational control must manage safety in line with our Commitment and Policy on Health, Safety, Security (HSSE) and Social Performance (SP), or materially equivalent policy. It is supported by a set of mandatory manuals covering topics such as personal safety, road safety and process safety.

We are working to keep our staff and contractors safe by focusing on compliance and tackling the cultural issues that can lead to unsafe behaviour. In 2007 we made official our goal to operate with zero fatalities and no significant incidents.


Among our staff we are developing safety leadership skills, rewarding successful performance and getting better at checking that rules are being followed.


Our mandatory 12 Life-Saving Rules reinforce what staff and contractors must know and do to prevent serious injury or fatality, such as wearing a seat belt. Those who break the rules risk disciplinary action.

Shell’s 12 Life-Saving Rules

Life Saving Rule #1 - Work with a valid Work Permit when required

Work with a valid Work Permit when required

Life Saving Rule #2 - Conduct gas tests when required

Conduct gas tests when required

Life Saving Rule #3 - Verify isolation before work begins and use the specified life protecting equipment

Verify Isolation before work begins and use the specified life protecting equipment

Life Saving Rule #4 - Obtain authorisation before entering a confined space

Obtain authorisation before entering a confined space

Life Saving Rule #5 - Obtain authorisation before overriding or disabling safety critical equipment

Obtain authorisation before overriding or disabling safety critical equipment

Life Saving Rule #6 - Protect yourself against a fall when working at height

Protect yourself against a fall when working at height

Do not walk under a suspended load

Do not walk under a suspended load

Do not smoke outside designated smoking areas

Do not smoke outside designated smoking areas

No alcohol or drugs while working or driving

No alcohol or drugs while working or driving

Life Saving Rule #10 - While driving do not use your phone and do not exceed speed limit

While driving do not use your phone and do not exceed speed limit

Life Saving Rule #11 - Wear your seat belt

Wear your seat belt

Life Saving Rules #12 - Follow prescribed Journey Management Plan

Follow prescribed Journey Management Plan