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Safety management system

The safety management system is the basis on which we work to implement our commitment. It consists of policies, procedures, technical guides and management tools applicable to all company activities and which include strict requirements, constantly updated to adapt to best sector practices.

In the Repsol Health, Safety and Environment Policy we commit to comply with the legal requirements in force in each location, as well as to establish common standards of conduct as regards safety, health and the environment, regardless of the geographic area where we carry out our work. In the policy we also commit to developing our activities with consideration for the health and safety of people and protecting the environment as core values. Safety is one of the company's fundamental and inalienable ethical values, which must guide all our actions and commitments.

We carried out more than 912 safety and environment audits.

The safety management system is the basis on which we work to implement our commitment. It consists of policies, procedures, technical guides and management tools applicable to all company activities and which include strict requirements, constantly updated to adapt to best sector practices.

We undertake audits to monitor and verify our management system, foster improvements in the protection of our facilities and workers and in risk management. Every year we implement a safety and environment audit plan that includes external audits (voluntary and/or legal for certification) such as "crossed" internal audits in which qualified personnel from different business units audit each another (See the table Safety and Environment Audits 2011).

Safety and environment audits 2011(35) Number
Internal 286
Certification 129
External (legal) 497
Total Repsol 912

We increase our OHSAS 18001 certifications

Our safety and environment management system is aligned with the international standard OHSAS 18001 for occupational health and safety management systems, and we encourage the progressive certification of our company sites in accordance with this standard as a way to promote continuous improvement and obtain external validation of our management systems. We currently hold certification for all our refineries and chemical plants, nearly all lubricant and specialties facilities, several exploration and production centers and an increasing number of other facilities.

During 2011, we certified 13 new centers or activities to OHSAS 18001: Two LPG plants in Argentina (Junn and Crdoba), one LPG plant in Peru (Piura) and 10 service stations in Peru. The table Principal OHSAS 18001 Certifications in 2011 lists the principal installations certified at December 31, 2011.

Principal OHSAS 18001 certifications 2011
Activity Centers certified under OHSAS 18001 Percentage
Refining 9 of 9 100
Chemicals 8 of 8 100
Exploration and production(36) 4 of 15 27
LPG 33 of 50 66
Lubricants and Specialities 16 of 17 94
(35) Internal audits carried out by personnel from each facility are not included
(36) The total number of exploration and production facilities was adjusted due to the sale of the Barrancas and Termobarrancas assets in Venezuela and Bermeo in Spain.