Our Goal Zero ambition

To achieve Goal Zero, we focus on the three areas of safety hazards which have the highest risks for our type of activities: personal, process, and transport safety. 

We set consistent, high safety standards across Shell and we expect all of our employees and contractors to meet them – whether they work in a refinery, on a drilling rig or in an office. We also share and learn from the safety standards and experiences of others in our industry.

Our safety standards and requirements are explained clearly in our Health, Safety, Security, Environmental and Social Performance Control Framework.These standards apply to all aspects of our activities, from designing a facility through to decommissioning a site or platform. They apply to our employees, our contractors and any joint ventures where we have operational accountability.

In pursuit of Goal Zero, we work relentlessly to strengthen our safety culture, focusing on caring for people and leadership commitment. A strong safety culture is complemented by a competent workforce. We ensure that people responsible for tasks with a significant safety hazard have the necessary training and skills. Our safety experts work in networks to share and implement best practices around the world.


Raising industry safety standards

We want to help improve safety performance throughout the energy industry and work in partnership with industry trade associations and professional bodies to share our safety experience, standards and knowledge with other operators and contractors. These include the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

We also work with other third parties, such as the Energy Institute (EI) based in the UK, to promote industry-leading research into safety culture in organisations, safety leadership, and how best to learn from incidents.

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Personal safety

Everyone who works for us, or with us, has an important part to play in making Shell a safer place to work.

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