Health and safety
BGC aims to have zero fatalities and no incidents that harm people, or put our neighbours or facilities at risk.
At BGC we expect 100% compliance with legal and safety procedures and, as part of this, we have been focusing upon in-depth education and training of employees and contractors to ensure work is always carried out safely, to world class standards.
Goal Zero captures the belief that we can operate without fatalities or significant incidents despite the difficult conditions in which we operate. To support this aim, we continue to roll out initiatives to strengthen our safety culture. This includes improving the safety leadership skills of staff, simplifying our requirements, and rewarding successful performance.
At BGC we follow a set of 12 Life-Saving Rules. These are mandatory and reinforce what employees and contractors must know and do to prevent serious injury or fatality: for example, wearing seat belts and not speeding or using mobile phones – even hands-free – while driving. If the rules are broken, employees face disciplinary action up to termination of employment, while contractors can be removed from the site and barred from all future work with BGC.
In BGC, contractors are required to manage their activties in line with our Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Policy and Commitment. This includes our goal to do no harm to people and the requirement to apply an effective HSSE management system. BGC’s HSSE Management System provides a framework for managing HSSE at our locations. This ensures that we manage safety systematically and have the right resources, skills, tools, standards and procedures in place.
Personal safety at BGC involves everyone knowing and following our Life Saving Rules to ensure work is carried out safely at all times.
In 2009 Shell, a shareholder in BGC, introduced a set of 12 safety practices called the Life Saving Rules at all of its operations. The Life Saving Rules have contributed to the best ever safety performance across Shell and its associated companies since their introduction. Many industry partners, including the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP), have adopted the Life Saving Rules in recognition of their contribution to ensuring world class safety practices.
In addition to the Life Saving Rules, we are working to prevent accidents within BGC by introducing simple and clear safety policies which are easy for employees and contractors to understand and follow. One particular focal area is ‘safety on the road’ since exposure to road accidents remains high.
Process safety means making sure our facilities are well designed, safely operated and properly maintained.
At BGC we have access to extensive process safety standards which focus upon how to design and maintain complex installations like refineries or oil and gas production sites.
A team of independent, senior internal experts –specialised in process safety – is in place at BGC to check that these standards are followed and implemented.
Medical Services and Occupational Health
Occupational Health is concerned with protecting the health and welfare BGC’s workforce. The goal of Occupational Health is to protect employees and contractors against workplace hazards and ensure compliance with relevant legislation and company standards.
Our Occupational Health team carries out activities in the workplace with the aim of protecting and promoting workers’ safety, health and wellbeing, as well as improving working conditions and the working environment. This team of made up of occupational health professionals.
In BGC, we are also paying greater attention to first aid and medical emergency response as well as Fitness to Work, Health risk assessment and contractors’ health management. We also provide advice, information, training and education on occupational health and hygiene, and on the surveillance of workers’ health in relation to work.
The BGC Emergency Response Department takes a comprehensive, all hazards approach to ensuring the Company is ready to respond in the event of emergency incidents.
By applying world class emergency management principles and resources, BGC aims to ensure the company can provide a fully integrated response to any emergency situation.
We currently operate five Fire Stations across our operational area, which are staffed by more than 240 personnel. We also have a fleet of 11 vehicles assigned to 24/7 emergency response and five ambulances servicing three on-site medical centres.