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Safety in operational processes

Seguridad procesos operativos

Safety in operational processes

Our Safety Management System provides the necessary criteria to manage risk in operational processes. We have implemented it in cascade at all organizational levels of the company, business, and units, and it is integrated into all other functions, both operational and cross-company.

This Safety Management System is based on a body of regulations and has assessment mechanisms to ensure the system’s effectiveness. Additionally, some of our centers are certified according to the international OHSAS 18001 standard on “Occupational Health and Safety Management System.” Find more information on certifications at this link:

Safety is an essential aspect for all Repsol employees. An error could have fatal consequences for employees, facilities, the environment, and the communities where we operate. Therefore, the correct identification, assessment, and control of the risks associated with industrial processes and assets is essential.

Smart Keys

We must be capable of anticipating in order to guarantee the safety of people, processes, and facilities, while keeping in mind our goal: zero accidents.

SMArt Keys is our anticipatory safety program to prevent large industrial accidents by focusing on process safety. It is a set of initiatives that helps us keep risks under control and adequately managed, and enables us to anticipate processes so as to prevent large industrial accidents from occurring.

SMArt Keys has a time horizon to 2020, and has been part of the company’s objectives since 2016. This program has three key concepts: people, processes, and plants. This allows us to manage all barriers (physical, human, and those involving management elements) that may prevent a process incident and/or control it if it occurs.

Risk analysis

We perform risk analysis throughout the lifecycle of assets, applying international standards in their design, and employing strict procedures during their operation and maintenance, all with the aim of preventing incidents related to industrial processes.

The safety of processes allows us to meet our main safety goals. It facilitates the management of all risks, even including those that, despite having a very low probability of occurring, could have very significant consequences for people, the environment, our facilities, or our company’s reputation.

For this reason, we are currently focusing on industrial safety. In 2014 we created a baseline for our process safety accidents, and 2015 was the first year in which we established specific objectives for this type of accident.

In the event of an emergency, we have a robust emergency management system that allows us to act as quickly as possible.

Our performance follows the definitions established by IOGP, API, and CCPS, international models in this field.

One of the keys to this process is to perform optimal updates to our analyses of industrial risks and process safety. At Repsol, we carry out this type of analysis to ensure that we reduce risk to the lowest reasonably possible level, given that zero risk does not exist.

Reducción del riesgo

Additionally, we participate in numerous sector associations to keep us up-to-date on the latest advances in the sector on process safety. This, along with our experience in managing this type of risk, enables us to be on the cutting edge of managing industrial and process risks.

We are part of the Joint Industry Project (JIP) of IPIECA and IOGP, which looks for ways to improve coordination among all the parties involved in these kinds of emergencies.