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IOGP Data: 40 ways IOGP is increasing transparency

Every year, IOGP collects data on upstream operations from around the world from onshore and offshore assets, participating Members, and their contractor employees.

The data Members share is the lifeblood of our annual reporting process. It is what helps us collate and share industry-wide trend analysis and benchmarking.

In many cases, it supports the evidence-based decision making that is so essential to the process of setting fair, achievable policy.

And it underpins the work we do when designing standards and practices that help improve industry performance across a range of issues.

IOGP’s Data website, freely available, provides the public with the most up-to-date global information on the performance of participating IOGP Member companies. For 2021, it provides data many Member Companies, representing nearly three billion work hours for safety data, and nearly 24% of world production for environmental data.

Since the safety data was first published in 1985, the database has developed, with new reporting areas being added over the years, and now reports across seven themes of Safety, Environment, Process safety events, Transport, Aviation, Health, and Well Control, with forty subcategories.

“IOGP’s data website is a great example of how we can drive transparency by measuring and reporting on our performance,” says Olav Skår, IOGP Safety Director. “Data can play a vital role in improving performance. Every year, we collect data covering a range of topics on worldwide upstream operations, onshore and offshore, from participating member companies, and I encourage anyone to visit the site, where all the data reports are available to download for free.”

Environmental performance indicators

Information is aggregated at both global and regional levels and is expressed within the following environmental indicator categories:

  • Gaseous emissions
  • Energy consumption
  • Flaring
  • Produced water
  • Non-aqueous drilling fluids retained on cuttings discharged to sea
  • Spills
  • Fresh water

Safety performance indicators

Our annual reports analyse results for key indicators by region, function and company:

  • Number of fatalities, fatal accident rate, fatal incident rate
  • Total recordable injury rate, lost time injury frequency
  • Number of lost work day cases and the number of days lost
  • Number of restricted work day cases and the number of restricted work days
  • Number of medical treatment cases

Safety performance indicators – Process safety events

The process safety events (PSE) data are based on the number of Tier 1 and Tier 2 process safety events reported by participating IOGP Member Companies, and are presented separately by:

  • Onshore and offshore
  • Work function (drilling and production)
  • Activity
  • Consequence
  • Material released
  • Process Safety Fundamentals
  • Region

The data are normalized against drilling and production work hours to provide PSE rates.

Safety performance indicators – Motor Vehicle Crashes

This report presents contributing IOGP Members’ global results for:

  • Number of motor vehicle crash (MVC) fatalities
  • Number of MVC for each reporting group and category
  • MVC rate (motor vehicle crashes per million kilometres) for each reporting group and category.

The indicators are analysed by region for both company and contractor data.

Safety performance indicators – Aviation accidents

This report presents the safety performance of the aviation industry involved in both upstream and downstream operations reported by participating IOGP member companies.

The key indicators for analysis of aviation operations and safety performance are:

  • Number of fatalities
  • Accidents recorded
  • Hours flown
  • Passengers carried
  • Flights performed

Health leading performance indicators

IOGP and IPIECA have developed two tools to assess health leading performance indicators within individual companies. These enable performance comparison between different parts of a company and between participating companies.

The analysis covers eight elements:

  • Health risk assessment and planning
  • Industrial hygiene and control of workplace exposures
  • Medical emergency management
  • Management of ill-health in the workplace
  • Fitness for task assessment and health surveillance
  • Health impact assessment
  • Health reporting and record management
  • Public health interface and promotion of good health

Fatal Incident, High Potential Event, and Tier 1 PSE Reports

IOGP has been gathering Fatal incident descriptions from its members since 1991. These include upstream fatal incidents reported both by companies and contractors and, more recently, incidents involving 3rd party fatalities. Incident reports are categorised by region, country, location (onshore/offshore), cause and activity at the time of the incident, and Life-Saving Rule. For each incident victim details of function, employer (company or contractor), age and occupation are collected.

We have been gathering Tier 1 PSE reports from our members since 2014. These include Tier 1 PSE reported both by companies and contractors. Event reports are categorised by region, country, location (onshore/offshore), cause, activity at the time of the event, and, from 2019 onwards, point of release.

High Potential Events are defined to be any incident or near miss that could, in other circumstances, have realistically resulted in one or more fatalities.

Fatal incident, high potential event and Tier 1 PSE reports are available, filterable and searchable within the data website.

Visit the data website at

Well Control Incident lesson sharing and safety alerts

The IOGP Well Control Incident lesson sharing system was established as a means of notifying fellow IOGP members and the wider community of the lessons learned from well control incidents and near misses. The sharing of these lessons will help to promote learning and avoid the repetition of similar errors. The result will move the industry to a higher level of well control safety. All lesson sharing and safety alerts published to date can be found at

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