homepage home
subscribe to Texas Construction magazine subscribe
newsletters free e-newsletter
industry jobs industry jobs
Dodge Data & Analytics
Texas Construction Logo
Order Your RISK FREE Subscription

BP Toughens Safety Culture

Text size: A A

In the wake of this year’s fatal oil platform explosion and resulting Gulf of Mexico spill—not to mention major refinery accident and pipeline leaks in recent years—under a new CEO, U.K.-based BP PLC is revamping its corporate safety culture. The firm announced late last month a new safety-and-risk division, the function of which will be “embedded” in corporate operating units with “sweeping powers” to oversee, audit and intervene in BP technical activities.

BP chief executive Robert Dudley created a new safety division with oversight and auditing power.
BP chief executive Robert Dudley created a new safety division with oversight and auditing power.
----- Advertising -----

“The changes are in areas where I believe we most clearly need to act, with safety and risk management our most urgent priority,” said CEO Bob Dudley, who took over on Oct. 1. The Queens, N.Y.-born executive, the first American to head the firm, replaces Tony Hayward. Leading the new division and reporting directly to Dudley is Mark Bly, former corporate chief of safety and operations. He conducted the internal probe into last April’s Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. Also, BP agreed in August to a record $50-million federal fine for failing to address safety problems stemming from a fatal blast in 2005 at a Texas refinery.

In the past, BP safety engineers were embedded in business units but reported to unit leaders. They now will report to Bly from their respective locations. “These are the people who design in safety from the drawing board,” says a spokesman. He says BP also is looking at how contractors maintain compliance with its common safety standards.

BP also said on Oct. 5 it signed four-year global contracts with two engineer-project managers—U.K.-based AMEC and Australia-based WorleyParsons—to support onshore facility development. An AMEC spokeswoman says BP has a “substantial” development program for the next 10 years focused in Azerbaijan, Egypt, the North Sea, Oman and Iraq.

----- Advertising -----
Blogs: Texas & La. Staff
Our blog delivers the latest news, insights, and opinions about Texas & Louisiana construction.
Reader Photos
Photos from ENR Texas & Louisiana Photo Showcase
Dodge Lead Center
Search for local construction projects OR CALL 877-234-4246 and get a FREE Lead Now!
Search by Project Type & State

----- Advertising -----
 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.