Commitment to safety

An inseparable part of our organizational culture

Safety is fundamental and non-negotiable and it must guide all of our actions and commitments. Our 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.

Our own Safety Culture Model was designed based on seven attributes.

Our safety culture is what determines how we act when we are not being supervised, making us feel innately responsible for prioritizing safety in our actions.

  • Leadership

    Vision of safety shared at all levels of the organisation through exemplariness, visibility, co-operation and team spirit. The safety leader is present in the field, listens and communicates effectively and encourages employees’ safety initiatives.

  • Fair recognition

    Negotiated criteria and courses of action which allow the recognition and reproval of safety behaviours.

  • Adaptability

    Active and vigilant attitude in the identification and diagnosis of anomalies, changes and alterations in the production process.

  • Trust in reporting

    Our employees report any dysfunctions that could affect safety, as well as near misses, incidents and accidents.

  • Sense of vulnerability

    Attitude of the organisation's members to risk: critical sense, commitment to continuous improvement and non-conformity with the measures taken to avoid major accidents.

  • Shared information

    Reporting of actions undertaken, directives, data, improvement projects and corrective actions. Active participation and communication are encouraged.

  • An organisation that learns

    Lessons learned outside and inside the Company are known by the members of the organisation and are embedded in our directives. The organisation has methods for preventing the loss of knowledge.

Committed to safety at Repsol

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

  1. Assume individual responsibility for safety and the environment.
  2. Set a visible example of our commitment to S&E.
  3. Act with the firm conviction that all incidents are avoidable.
  4. Train people to act as leaders in S&E.
  5. Demonstrate and demand individual responsibility in S&E from all employees, systematizing positive and negative knowledge.
  6. Consider S&E as the first criterion in the decision-making process.
  7. Be proactive in systematically identifying all S&E risks, deficiencies, and opportunities for improvement.
  8. Immediately correct the deficiencies identified in S&E.

Applying the most stringent safety standards

We meet the legal requirements in force at each location as well as the established internal regulations, which are drafted taking into account legislative trends and international standards. This also includes additional commitments that the organization undertakes with its stakeholders and, therefore, plan accordingly. 

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Our own policies are aligned with all international standards in this area:

With our policy, we promote:

  • Leadership and culture. The Executive Committee leads health, safety, and environmental protection programmes, considering them as a priority in decision-making. 
  • Safety and environmental criteria throughout the activity cycle. We ensure proactive risk management throughout the activity cycle in order to prevent damage to people and property, minimizing the impact on the environment.
  • Integrated management. We integrate health, safety, and environmental protection into business management.
  • Continuous improvement. We establish objectives and targets for improvement and evaluate performance on a continuous basis, applying the necessary corrections to reach the proposed achievements, defining verification, auditing, and control processes to ensure them. 
  • Communication and relationship with societies. Building and maintaining communication channels with stakeholders, working collaboratively with local communities and society, contributing knowledge, and informing stakeholders reliably and transparently.
Furthermore, we comply with the stricitest international standards in terms of safety and risk analysis:
  • We manage safety in accordance with the international standard OHSAS 18001 "Occupational Health and Safety Management System."
  • We apply international standards to ensure the safety of our processes, such as API, NFPA, ISO, EN, IEC, IOGP, or CCPS. 
  • We 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 the life cycle based on best practice.

People joining hands

We are part of several international organizations and initiatives

International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), to improve safety, environmental, and social performance.

Joint project on oil spill response by IOGP and ipieca (the global oil and gas industry association specializing in environmental and social issues).

CONCAWE, the European oil companies' organization for the protection of the environment and health.

Centre for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), the association working to improve process safety.

International Process Safety Group (IPSG), the global chemical and petrochemical industry network of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

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

We reduce our risks by following the criteria of the ISO 31000 international standard for "Risk Management", with the help of risk studies, and thanks to continuous improvement that allows us to implement corrective measures in operations.

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