The International Association of Oil and Gas Producers has been collecting global safety incident data from member companies since 1985. The data collected are entered directly to the IOGP safety database, which is the largest database of safety incident statistics in the industry. The principal purpose of the data collection is to annually record and analyse the global event and incident statistics of IOGP member companies in the areas of occupational safety, process safety, and motor vehicle safety. The annual reports produced provide the information required to analyse industry incident trends, benchmark performance and identify subject areas and activities where focused efforts can be made to effect the greatest improvements. The Safety data reporting user guide (2018su) will assist companies in compiling and classifying safety data. The open sharing of incident and accident data is essential for learning if we are to eliminate fatalities in the upstream oil and gas industry.