Safety

Report Jan. 5, 2021

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Safety

Overview

ExxonMobil remains focused on achieving a work environment where Nobody Gets Hurt.

Safety is a core value at ExxonMobil. We operate in a manner that helps protect our employees, contractors, customers and the communities where we operate. Our approach to safety includes identifying possible risks, implementing measures to prevent potential incidents, and educating employees and contractors about unsafe behaviors. For 27 years, our Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) has established a set of worldwide expectations for addressing risks inherent to our business, including safety risks. Our work procedures embed OIMS into our everyday work processes at all levels of the organization. 

OIMS framework

The OIMS framework is built around 11 elements, each covering a key aspect of risk across ExxonMobil’s global operations.
We continually monitor operations to help keep our employees safe and secure.

Personnel safety

Overview

From a Lost-Time Incident Rate (LTIR) perspective, our workforce remains significantly safer than the industry as a whole. XTO Energy, our unconventional exploration and production unit, continued its year-on-year improvement trend and achieved its best-ever LTIR results in 2019. Our Fuels & Lubricants and Chemical businesses continue to outperform their respective industry benchmarks.

In 2019, we enhanced our focus on defining consistent Life Saving Actions, or safeguards, for higher-consequence work associated with lifting and rigging, and with work around mobile equipment. These actions are applicable to day-to-day activities where ExxonMobil and industry experience has shown tragic personnel safety outcomes still occur.

We work with our employees and contractors to understand Life Saving Actions for these higher-consequence activities and how to verify critical, effective safeguards are in place before the work begins and during execution. With our focus on eliminating the most serious incidents, we extended a steady multi-year improvement trend in 2019, while also achieving a historically low rate of high-consequence injuries.

2019 performance and initiatives

For 27 years, our Operations Integrity Management System has established a set of worldwide expectations for addressing risks inherent to our business, including safety risks. Since 2000, we have achieved a nearly 80 percent improvement in our workforce lost-time incident rate.

Lost-time incident rate*

Incidents per 200,000 work hours 

ExxonMobil’s 2019 total workforce (employees and contractors) lost-time incident rate per 200,000 work hours was 0.033, similar to our performance in 2018. In 2019, our employee total lost-time incident rate per 200,000 work hours was 0.031 and our contractor lost-time incident rate per 200,000 work hours was 0.034. When compared with the American Petroleum Institute U.S. petroleum industry workforce benchmark, ExxonMobil continues to be among the industry leaders in safety performance. 

*Incidents include injuries and illnesses. We base our safety data on information available at the time of publication. Workforce includes employees and contractors. Depending on the reporting year, around 2 to 12 percent of the lost-time incidents are illness-related.

Total recordable incident rate*

Incidents per 200,000 work hours 

ExxonMobil’s 2019 total recordable workforce (employees and contractors) incident rate per 200,000 work hours was 0.214, similar to our performance in 2018. In 2019, our total recordable employee incident rate per 200,000 work hours was 0.146 and our total recordable contractor incident rate per 200,000 work hours was 0.249. When compared with the American Petroleum Institute U.S. petroleum industry workforce benchmark, ExxonMobil continues to be among the industry leaders in safety performance.

*Incidents include injuries and illnesses. We base our safety data on information available at the time of publication. Workforce includes employees and contractors. Depending on the reporting year, around 3 to 7 percent of the total recordable incidents are illness-related.

Emergency preparedness 

Overview

ExxonMobil is prepared to respond to a wide array of emergency events, including natural disasters, pandemics and operational incidents. Regardless of the size, severity or cause of an event, each ExxonMobil facility and business unit has access to trained responders and resources. Cross-functional teams develop and practice emergency response tactics through incident management teams and emergency support groups around the world.

This preparation enables ExxonMobil’s global operations to provide a robust response in emergency situations to help protect the safety of people and the environment.

2019 performance and initiatives

In 2019, we carried out a Regional Response Team exercise in Egypt to demonstrate the readiness to plan and execute real-time field deployments effectively, based on the response actions included in the Egyptian National Oil Spill Contingency Plan. With more than 150 participants representing 27 countries, the five-day exercise strengthened alignment on response objectives between key stakeholders and the Regional Response Team.

Process safety 

Overview

ExxonMobil has an unwavering commitment to helping protect our people, the community and the environment by seeking to manage the risks inherent to our operations. Our Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) serves as the foundation for managing process safety risks and establishes clear process safety expectations, which are distributed throughout our management systems. The safeguards needed to protect against process safety risks are built into OIMS and integral to the way our facilities are designed, operated and maintained. We verify and rigorously maintain these safeguards to prevent or mitigate the consequences of a process safety event.

We collaborate with our peers and industry associations to share lessons learned. For example, we are actively engaged in the Advancing Process Safety initiative, a collaborative effort between the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API). The initiative aims to improve process safety performance across industry by sharing experiences and knowledge about process safety events, hazard identification metrics and industry-proven practices.

2019 performance and initiatives

ExxonMobil applies industry standards, including the API Recommended Practice 754 and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers No. 456 Recommended Practice. We use a process safety indicator pyramid to classify and track incidents by severity from Tier 1 (events of greater consequence) through Tier 4. We report process safety events to several organizations each year, including API and AFPM.

In 2019, our Tier 1 process safety event rate improved compared to 2018. We track and analyze process safety events to improve safety performance and prevent future incidents.

Process safety triangle*

*Based on the American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 754 and the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers Report 456, the process safety incident triangle is used to represent Tier 1 through Tier 4. 

Product safety

Overview

ExxonMobil’s product safety program aims to reduce potential negative environmental and social impacts while increasing the benefits of our products to society. Our Standards of Business Conduct includes ExxonMobil’s product safety policy. Components of our approach are consistent with product safety guidelines that IPIECA and the International Council of Chemical Associations have developed.

Our Product Stewardship Information Management System applies standard processes and computer systems to capture and communicate information on the safe handling, transport, use and disposal of our products. We use quality-assurance processes to verify materials meet design and construction specifications. ExxonMobil ensures our products align with current regulations, standards and guidelines, including:

  • U.N. Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
  • Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals
  • U.N. Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management

ExxonMobil implements safety and environmental standards while transporting our products via multiple methods, including marine, pipeline and rail. We regularly engage with industry peers and emergency responders to promote the safe transport of oil and chemical products and develop improved training programs for public responders.

Abena Asi, production operations technician, at the Liquefied Natural Gas plant in Papua New Guinea.

2019 performance and initiatives

About 600 vessels operate daily service in connection with ExxonMobil’s worldwide marine business. In 2019, we logged more than 15,000 voyages and 35,000 port calls, safely transporting approximately 1.2 billion barrels of crude oil and refined products. ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and its affiliates safely transport nearly 3 million barrels a day of crude oil and refined products. We currently operate approximately 4,000 miles of active pipelines in the United States.

ExxonMobil believes safe transport by rail is a shared responsibility, covering rail maintenance, train operations, rail car integrity and emergency response. We have risk management plans in place to help ensure rail transportation of all products is conducted in a safe manner. These plans address rail car design as well as loading and unloading procedures.

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