Everyone who works for us, or with us, has an important part to play in making Shell a safer place to work. We expect people to take personal responsibility in three areas:
- to comply with the safety rules and regulations relevant to their work;
- to intervene to prevent unsafe conditions; and
- to respect fellow workers and the communities in which we work.
Leading the way
Leaders across Shell, at all levels, have a key role to play in understanding the critical safety risks they are accountable to manage, and in ensuring their teams understand their safety responsibilities. Our leadership development programmes help leaders to develop a clear safety vision and to continuously reinforce the importance of a safety-first culture at work to employees and contractors. Through a culture of care, we ensure our workforce is motivated to perform at its best, delivering quality work in a safe way.
Safety is our top priority every day, and each year we run an annual safety day that gives our employees and contractors the opportunity to learn how they can manage the safety hazards in their work and share ideas with each other. We also recognise outstanding performance in safety across Shell with our annual company-wide CEO awards. These attract submissions that recognise the achievements of Shell employees and contractors around the world.
Our 12 Life-Saving Rules
Every Shell employee and contractor must follow our 12 Life-Saving Rules. These cover the most critical safety hazards that have caused loss of life in our past activities. We introduced them in 2009 and have since achieved a notable reduction in fatalities and injuries. We run regular campaigns to remind people what the rules are, how they are applied, and why they are so important.
- Work with a valid work permit when required
- Conduct gas tests when required
- Verify isolation before work begins and use the specified life protecting equipment
- Obtain authorisation before entering a confined space
- Obtain authorisation before overriding or disabling safety critical equipment
- Protect yourself against a fall when working at height
- Do not walk under a suspended load
- Do not smoke outside designated smoking areas
- No alchol or drugs while working or driving
- While driving, do not use your phone and do not exceed speed limits
- Wear your seat belt
- Follow prescribed journey management plan