Safety Committee

Safety Committee

This Committee promotes the integration of safety into every aspect of exploration and production operations. It also provides the benchmarks against which to measure improving safety performance.


IOGP has been publishing safety data since 1985. Since then, there have been considerable improvements in industry performance, particularly in the Lost Time Injury frequencies (LTIF).

Though there have also been improvements in terms of fatalities in recent years, much remains to be done, particularly in the areas of land, sea and air transportation, of lifting and hoisting and of diving, geophysical and marine operations.

In addition to focusing on preventing fatal incidents, IOGP is also concerned with the prevention of low frequency major incidents. The Committee is addressing these concerns from several perspectives and published its first annual Process Safety Events data report in December 2013.

To deliver an increasingly safe operating environment against a background of a more and more sophisticated risk profile, the IOGP Safety Committee is the point of reference on safety-related matters for the global E&P industry – and those who regulate it.

In particular, IOGP’s Safety Committee aims to:

  • promote the integration of safety into the everyday business of IOGP member companies and other E&P companies, contractors and service companies
  • promote a level playing field for safety across the industry that is recognized by global regulatory authorities
  • position itself as a leader on safety issues of global significance
  • provide information that can be pro-actively shared with regulators and other stakeholders with the goal of improving industry’s performance

The Safety Committee achieves this by:

  • providing practical tools and guidelines to advance safety performance
  • promoting good practices and the sharing of lessons learned
  • entering into constructive dialogues with the intergovernmental authorities that regulate the industry.

The Committee works closely with other IOGP committees, National Industry Associations and industry trade associations.


The Safety Committee has the following subcommittees and Task Forces

  • Aviation Subcommittee
  • Diving Operations Subcommittee
  • Geophysical HSSE Subcommittee
  • Human Factors Subcommittee
  • Marine Safety Subcommittee
  • Process Safety Subcommittee
  • Safety Data Subcommittee
  • Land Transportation Safety Network
  • Lifting and Hoisting Task Force
  • Management Systems guidelines Task Force
  • Temporary Onshore Accommodation Task Force


Chair of the Safety Committee is Taco Franssen, Chevron.

Vice Chairs are Kirsty Walker, Schlumberger, Dave King, BP, Leo van Grol, Shell and Paul Schuberth, ExxonMobil

Management Committee sponsors are Craig May, Chevron, Fawaz Bitar, BP and Jack Hinton, Baker Hughes, a GE Company

For more information, contact Committee Manager Mariana Carvalho,

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