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Repsol's commitment to safety

Our Safety culture is an essential part of our organization's culture

Safety is fundamental and non-negotiable, and must guide all of our actions and commitments. The safety culture encompasses the behaviors, beliefs, and values that all of the people at our company share as a way of controlling the risks present in our activities.
We have set ourselves the goal of "zero accidents," which we will achieve by focusing on facilities, processes, and people. Prevention, incident analysis, communication, and improvement actions help us control and manage risks.
  • We designed our own Safety Culture model with seven attributes

    Our Safety Culture determines how we act when we are not being supervised, and makes us responsible for prioritizing safety in our actions instinctively.

We developed this model together with the Institute for an Industrial Safety Culture (ICSI). It is based on an analysis of industry best practices and risk sectors, benchmark organizations, and consolidated models such as the Swiss cheese model. 

Our evaluation methodology also analyzes the maturity level of our Safety Culture in different facilities and business units using the following techniques: 

  • Perception surveys 
  • Focus groups and interviews 
  • Documentary analysis 
  • Observing employees working 

The results of these assessments are used to develop improvement plans featuring specific measures. Moreover, we evaluate how effective these measures are in order to guarantee continuous improvement.

  • At Repsol, we are all responsible for safety

    We develop Safety and Environment (S&E) leadership through the practice and promotion of basic behaviors in our activities.

Applying the most stringent safety standards

We meet the legal requirements in force in each location. We also consider the organization's commitments to its stakeholders and apply our internal regulations that are based on legislative trends and international standards, taking all these aspects into account when planning. 

Our company policies are aligned with all international regulations dealing with this matter:

With our policy, we strengthen our:

  • Leadership and culture: The Corporate Executive Committee leads health, safety, and environmental protection programs and treats them as a top priority in decision making. 
  • Safety and environment criteria throughout the full life cycle of all our activities: We ensure that risks are managed proactively throughout the life cycle of our activities in order to prevent harm to people and assets and to minimize our impact on the environment.
  • Integrated management: We integrate health, safety, and the environment into business management.
  • Continuous improvement: We establish improvement targets and evaluate performance on a regular basis, applying the corrections needed to achieve the objectives set and defining the verification, auditing, and control processes to guarantee them. 
  • Communications and relations with society: We build and maintain communication channels with stakeholders and work alongside local communities in order to integrate their knowledge and inform them about our activities in a reliable and transparent way.

Furthermore, we comply with the most stringent international safety and risk analysis standards: 

  • Our safety management procedures are in accordance with the "Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series" OHSAS 18001 international standard. 
  • We apply international standards to guarantee safety in our processes such as API, NFPA, ISO, EN, IEC, IOGP, and CCPS standards. 
  • We also develop our own standards to ensure that our assets are designed, built, operated, inspected, maintained, and modified to achieve and maintain integrity and performance throughout their life cycle based on best practices.

We are also members of several organizations and international initiatives:

- International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP ), a global forum for improving safety, the environment, and social performance by sharing knowledge and best practices with other members.

- The Oil Spill Response Joint Industry Project, a collaboration between IOGP and ipieca, the global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues. This project makes use of the oil & gas and technology sectors' knowledge to prepare and react in the event of an oil spill.

- Concawe, the European oil companies organization for the protection of the environment and health, which leads research in matters related to air quality, emissions, soil contamination, waste, and product safety.

- Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), the association that works to improve process safety by developing practical guides for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and oil industries.

- International Process Safety Group (IPSG), the global chemicals and petrochemicals sector network belonging to the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) which promotes best safety practices in processes focused on preventing and mitigating the risk of industrial accidents.

- American Petroleum Institute (API), a business association that defends best practices in the US oil and natural gas industry.

 We reduce risks by following the criteria set out by the ISO 31000 "Risk Management" international standard with the help of risk studies and thanks to continuous improvement, which helps us apply corrective measures in our operations.