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UKPIA launches process safety initiative

05 August 2013

The downstream oil industry in the UK is highly committed to protecting the health and safety of its workforce and the public, as well as the environment in which it operates.

Following the launch of UKPIA’s Process Safety Leadership Commitment in 2008, significant progress has been made in developing tools, networks and indicators of performance to help our downstream oil industry work toward excellence in process safety.

In order to continue to actively promote Process Safety initiatives, UKPIA has broadened its original Process Safety Commitment and launched ‘Assuring Safety: Leadership in Process Safety’.

The Assuring Safety initiative aims at promoting and delivering excellence in process safety at a sector level and rests upon three key principles:

  • Working Together: using available resources to identify areas of concerns and develop strategies to address these.
  • Sharing and Learning: advancing the dialogue on process safety practices by communicating with other relevant industry sectors.
  •  Encouraging Excellence: analysing industry’s performance and targeting specific areas of process safety by commissioning the development of tools and technical guidance.


UKPIA’s initiative cements the industry’s commitment to enhance process safety and delineates the importance of effective means in place to improve performance throughout the industry by working together, sharing and learning and encouraging excellence.

Assuring Safety: Leadership in Process Safety: click here for our strategy for sector level process safety


Enquiries to: Peter Davidson, Tel. 020 7269 7607

Notes to editors:

  1. UKPIA represents nine oil refining and marketing companies that operate 7 major oil refineries in the UK and source close to 90% of the transport fuels used. The UK refineries processed 73 million tonnes of crude oil and produced 75.4 million tonnes of refined products in 2010 (Source: DECC- DUKES data). UKPIA members also own around 1,900 of the 8,700 filling stations in the UK.
  2. Information on Assuring Safety, publications and alerts can be found on UKPIA’s website:


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