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Norway safety, health and environment

The systematic work on safety, health and environment has continued also in 2017.


Our main priority is to avoid serious incidents, and one of the main tools for this is our “Life Saving Actions”. These are related to activities with higher risk exposure, which historically have led to serious incidents. The tool describes necessary actions that must be identified in order to safely execute such activities. The program addresses seven areas, including energy isolation, working at heights, crane and lifting operations, etc. All employees receive training in the requirements of “Life Saving Actions” and must have a fundamental understanding of these. 

In addition, there are initiatives to raise awareness on how important it is to maintain barriers to prevent incidents from happening, improve learning from global ExxonMobil incidents and industry in general. Although the Upstream organization has not experienced any serious incidents in recent years, the potential for this is always present, underling the importance of this preventive effort. 

For several years we have had an objective to improve our overall safety culture. Three key drivers for this were identified: leadership, good safety tools and alignment with contractors. The program has been strengthened every year through improvements of the basic safety tools. Based on the strong results that have been achieved so far, the program will be continued also in the years to come. 

Also Refining, Supply and Distribution have introduced systematic efforts to reduce the probability for high potential incidents. We have developed a well-established system for reporting and analyzing incidents that are typical to cause major incidents. Our Loss Prevention System (LPS) has been effective since 1999. The system is an important tool to further develop our safety culture. An important aspect is to mobilize employees and contractors to actively participate in identifying and reporting hazards  

Key activities/focus areas:

  • A full day safety awareness session for all daytime employees and  site contractors first week of January
  • A risk tolerance program with the intention to improve risk perception and tolerance among all employees and contractors.  
  • Implement LPS (Loss Prevention System) in accordance with the expectations, across the site. 

The company places great emphasis on learning from incidents, and these incidents are subject to thorough scrutiny and associated corrective actions to prevent recurrence.


Health and Working Environment is governed by management systems in line with regulations and internal guidelines. This involves a systematic identification and monitoring of the physical working environment and other exposure conditions. Employees with potential occupational illness or exposed to health hazards, are especially monitored. Preventing MSDs for office employees is a high priority. The departments have trained ergonomic contacts who can advise on properly adapted workplace and computer equipment. 

Slagen refinery


The environmental program of ExxonMobil in Norway is fully integrated with the planning process and execution of all activities. The environmental management system, which is aligned with the international standard ISO 14001, is designed to ensure systematic and continuous improvement within the environmental area. 

ExxonMobil’s overall environmental objectives include: 

  • zero acute pollution 
  • maintain zero harmful discharges to sea 
  • reduce emissions to air 
  • achieve high segregation of waste 
  • minimize the risk of undesirable environmental incidents 
  • efficient use of energy 

Environment - Refining

International comparisons show that the ExxonMobil refinery at Slagentangen is one of the most energy efficient refineries in the world. Since the early 1990s, the refinery has implemented internal measures to save energy, and the use of energy today is 25 per cent more efficient than it was in 1990. The reason why CO2 emissions nevertheless have increased during this time period is mainly due to new environmental requirements to products e.g. increased desulphurization. Furthermore, the refinery has increased its processing capacity for crude oil. The refinery at Slagentangen has low emissions of CO2 compared to other refineries’ emissions in Europe.