Life-Saving Rules

New Life-Saving Rules coming

We are launching our updated & simplified set soon, but you can check out the new 9 Life-Saving Rule already Preview available

Background and original Life-Saving Rules

Back in 2010 IOGP reviewed 1484 fatal incidents and 1173 high potential events for trends related to the cause and the use of protective barriers. The result was the IOGP Life-Saving Rules.

The Rules provide operational workers and supervisors with simple, clear icons and instructions on the actions they can take to protect themselves. A set of eight core rules and ten additional rules were selected. The 8 core rules correspond to 40% of the fatal incidents analysed, and the full set of 18 rules correspond to 70% of the fatal incidents analysed.

Each IOGP Life-Saving Rule consists of a simple icon and descriptive text, with additional detailed guidance to explain why the Rule is important and what aspects workers and supervisors can focus on.

Download the report here
(note a new version of the report will be published shortly to match the new Life-Saving Rules)

Supporting materials

Because we are about to launch the new set of Life-Saving Rules, we are no longer distributing supporting materials for the original set. Contact us, or visit the launch page to find out more about the upcoming Rules.

Review the data for yourself

Background and data

You can read more about how the Rules were developed and how IOGP has been keeping track of their use and impact in industry in these two papers presented at SPE conferences:

The links below take you to the IOGP data, event narratives and safety alerts.

Consult our Safety performance annual reports

IOGP Safety Performance Indicators - 2017 data
Process Safety Events - 2016 data
Motor vehicle crash data - 2008-2015

More on learning from events

Components Of Organizational Learning From Events

Report No: 552

This report describes some of the components an organization might consider if it wants to improve how it learns from operating experience to reduce risk and prevent incidents.

There are many different opinions on what is required to successfully learn from events. Many companies are on a journey to improve learning from events, and may be currently focusing on particular areas.

This report provides a survey of the practice and experience in IOGP member companies. Member companies can use this to decide whether there are additional working practices that they might benefit from adopting. It is not intended to be a standard and does not recommend a particular approach.