Safety: Our vision is zero harm

The safety and security of our people, and integrity of our operations, is our top priority. We believe that all accidents related to people, environment and assets can be prevented.

We focus on preventing personal injuries, work related illness and major accidents, and the goal of zero injuries has become part of how we think and work, with a strong focus on continuous improvement.

“The number of incidents is still too high, and we see the need for enhancing our understanding of risk. At the same time, we must prove that we learn from previous incidents by avoiding new ones. Only then we can succeed in taking our safety effort to a higher level.”

Jannicke Nilsson, EVP safety, security and sustainability 

Portrait of Jannicke Nilsson
0 SIF, Serious Incident Frequency, 12 month average
0 TRIF, Total Recordable Incident Frequency, 12 month average
0 Oil & gas leakages, last 12 months
Serious incident frequency (SIF) Number of serious HSE accidents and near misses per million hours worked. Near misses are incidents with no actual consequences but with a serious potential.  
Actual SIF Number of serious HSE accidents per million hours worked.
Total recordable injury frequency (TRIF) Number of personal injuries which include medical treatment per million hours worked
Oil & gas  leakages Number of oil-/gas leakages with a leakage rate above 0,1 kg/second 

Serious incident performance management

We have clear and firm expectations to record and follow up all incidents. To identify and mitigate root causes, the most serious incidents are always investigated to ensure learning.

The Serious Incident Frequency (SIF) indicator measures the number of actual and potential unintentional serious incidents per million working hours. TRIF is the number of serious HSE-incidents (including conditions and near misses but excluding all instances of ethical misconduct) categorised with a potential red degree of seriousness per million hours worked.

Our focus areas

In Equinor, we aim to continuously develop a proactive culture where safe and secure operation is incorporated into everything we do. 

Our strategic focus on being “Always safe” is guided by our commitment to prevent harm to people, to the environment and the communities we are a part of. We are an international operator of exploration activities, oil and gas installations, refineries, gas plants and wind farms, and hence face a range of potential risks.

A key component in this work is being long-term committed to a few main priority areas. We have defined companywide priorities to ensure harmonization and an aligned approach to our strategy. 

The “Annual wheel” defines priority topics and associated actions to ensure a stronger common focus on main challenges.  We share our main topics with the industry. In  2021 we will prioritize prevention of major accidents, personnel injuries, falling objects and negative health effects. 

Learning and follow-up after incidents is key to enhance safety culture  and working closely with our peers and suppliers is crucial to our overall performance. 

Industry collaboration
The purpose of collaboration is to strengthen the industry’s safety culture and work together towards zero major accidents and avoid injuries and undesirable incidents in our daily work. 

An arena for sharing and learning from events and to facilitate stronger collaboration was established in 2020. The initiative is called “Always safe” and was a result of the collaboration between AkerBP, Vår Energi and Equinor.  

A collaboration charter with four of our largest suppliers in Norway – Aker Solutions, Kværner, Aibel and WorleyParson has been established.

We have agreed upon following the “Lifesaving rules” and to prioritise the same measures in the “Annual Wheel”.

Health and working environment

Photo of Statoil employee Gry Kristin Slettemark in the office

A good working environment is essential to employee health, operational safety and employee engagement. We ensure that barriers are in place to prevent harmful exposures. We provide high-quality medical care, and ensure that health is an integral part of our emergency response and approach to social impact.

Our emergency response organisation

Our emergency response organisation is always in a state of readiness, around the clock, 365 days a year. If an incident occurs our most important objectives are to save lives and minimise harm to the environment and assets.

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Level 1
The Emergency Response Team on the accident site conducts rescue and response – on scene combating.

Level 2
The Incident Management Team provides tactical guidance and coordinates resources and personnel.

Level 3
The Crisis Management Team has a strategic function and maintains contact with corporate management, customers and stakeholders.


In Equinor, security is an organisational capability that enables corporate objectives by safeguarding our people, assets and operations.

Photo of a man sitting in front of his computer, talking in the phone

Good security begins with the behaviour and actions of each and every one of us – how we think and act each day at work or at home. By being aware of, and thinking through, our daily routines and actions, all employees contribute to our own and Equinor’s security.

We emphasise that security is everybody’s responsibility. We all have to understand the risks we face, and act to ensure we are secure. Leaders are accountable for protecting our people and business by continuously identifying, understanding and acting to reduce security risks. All employees play a role in being vigilant, complying with security requirements at all times, and reporting incidents and concerns.

The ability to keep our people, assets and operations secure from malicious threats is a key factor in maintaining our licence to operate and being a successful business. Failure to meet security expectations could result in injury to our people, damage to our facilities, loss of production or information, or in the worst case, loss of life.

We have an holistic approach to security in Equinor covering three disciplines: physical security, information security and personnel security. These three disciplines work together create a strong regime, each protecting against the weaknesses of the next, providing a mix of deterrence and detection.

Physical security
Physical security measures are designed to safeguard personnel, prevent unauthorised access to facilities, equipment, and documents; and to safeguard against eavesdropping, sabotage, damage, and theft.
Information security
Information security is the process of protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. We have a risk-based approach to Information security focusing on people, process and technology.

Personnel security
Personnel security protects against those who exploit their legitimate access to our assets for unauthorized purposes.

Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT)

Our Computer Security Incident Response Team collaborates with security staff across the company to keep Equinor data safe.

If you believe an Equinor information resource presents a threat to your organisation’s information security resources, please email

If you believe an Equinor information resource is at risk, please email using the PGP key download.

Our values

Our values embody the spirit and energy of Equinor at its best. They help us set direction, and they guide our decisions, actions and the way we interact with others. Our values express the ideals we strive to live up to every day. 

Our leaders are expected to drive the development of a strong safety culture founded on our values and our facilities must be well maintained at all times and procedures for safe operations must be in place.

We focus on preventing personal injuries, work related illness and major accidents, and the goal of zero injuries has become part of how we think and work, with a strong focus on continuous improvement.