SPE Report Defines Path to Zero Harm

SPE has released the technical report “Getting to Zero and Beyond: The Path Forward,” which consolidates lessons learned and visions of safety from hundreds of leaders in the oil and gas industry and presents recommendations for companies and the industry as a whole. It was approved for publication by the SPE Board of Directors after member feedback was collected.

“This report is a tremendous example of the vision and painstaking commitment of hundreds of industry volunteers working with many moving parts that SPE is so well-equipped to enable,” said Johana Dunlop, Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) Technical Director for SPE.

Between 2009 and 2016, SPE facilitated a series of global sessions to develop ideas for the advancement of HSE in the industry. These sessions brought together more than 850 leaders representing diverse disciplines from across the oil and gas industry, government, and academia to discuss a simple question: How can the oil and gas industry achieve zero harm?

The participants generated ideas for a step change in performance, and they precipitated an alignment around a vision of safety, specifically the expectation of zero harm. The participants agreed that achieving zero harm was possible but added that, given the oil and gas industry’s varied cultures and risk tolerances, it was necessary to identify the methods for attaining zero collaboratively. The participants widely agreed that the effort must begin with the industry’s most valuable resource—its people—and the elements of human factors in particular, including the factors that influence the interaction of people with each other, with facilities and equipment, and with management systems and working practices used to organize and manage the way work is conducted within the industry.

The report contains several specific recommendations for the industry and companies to achieve better safety performance. The full report can be found online at


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