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Our approach to safety

Powering progress

Powering Progress is underpinned by our core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people, and our focus on safety.

Safety is central to our Powering Progress strategy. We aim to do no harm to people and to have no leaks across our operations. We call this our Goal Zero ambition.

We seek to improve safety by focusing on the three areas where the safety risks associated with our activities are highest: personal, process and transport. We strive to reduce risks and to minimise the potential impact of any incident, with a particular emphasis on the risks with the most serious consequences if something goes wrong.

In 2020, we started a multi-year process of refreshing our approach to safety for all employees and contractors. In 2022, as part of this approach, we focused on conducting detailed change impact assessments across the Shell Group to assess the extent to which our new safety principles are being integrated. We completed 49 of 52 assessments of assets, projects, functions and businesses within Shell (we aim to complete the remaining assessments in 2023). In addition, seven non-operated ventures elected to embed elements of our refreshed approach to safety in their improvement plans.

We work closely with our contractors to build a strong safety culture at the frontline. In 2022, we completed construction of the Shell Polymers Monaca polyethylene production facility in Pennsylvania, USA, with more than 67 million exposure hours without fatality or serious injury. During the building of a floating production storage and offloading vessel for our Shell-operated Penguins field (Shell interest 50%) in the UK North Sea, the China Offshore Oil Engineering Company’s fabrication yard in China achieved more than 16 million hours without fatality or serious injury.

As of January 1, 2022, we have adopted the industry Life-Saving Rules of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers. During the year, mandatory e-learning on the new rules was completed by around 126,000 staff and contractors.

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