RDS total recordable case
frequency [A] cases per million                                       million
working hours                               working hours
Total recordable case frequency – number of injuries per million working hours – development from 2004 to 2013 (area and line chart)
Injuries in Shell-operated facilities
per million working hours
(employees and contractors).

P&T is directly responsible for project construction, where workers could encounter serious workplace hazards. But, our responsibility for safety is not limited just to construction sites. We are also well positioned to help minimise the risks of process-safety incidents that result in leaks or other threats after a well or project is brought into operation. After all, P&T is responsible for the design of wells and projects, and for setting safety standards applicable across Shell.

Our global standards and operating procedures define the controls and physical barriers we require to prevent incidents. For example, our offshore wells are designed with at least two independent barriers to help mitigate the risk of an uncontrolled hydrocarbon release. We regularly inspect, test and maintain these barriers to ensure they meet our standards.

Staff at safety day at the Drydocks World near Dubai, UAE. (photo)
Safety Day at the Drydocks World
location near Dubai,
United Arab Emirates.

We help ensure that better technology also means safer technology and continuously reinforce safety culture among our employees and contractors. We expect anyone working for us to intervene and stop work that may appear unsafe. In addition to our ongoing safety awareness programmes, we hold an annual global safety day to give workers time to reflect on how to prevent accidents.

We expect everyone working for us to comply with our 12 mandatory Life-Saving Rules. If employees break these rules, they will face disciplinary action up to and including employment termination. If contractors break the Life-Saving Rules, they can be removed from the worksite.