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Measuring Safety Improvements

The members of API envision a petroleum industry that conducts and manages its operations safely and with respect for the environment and the safety of its workers and the public. Because of this commitment, the collection of safety data in the form of benchmarking surveys reflects the industry's desire to provide a consistent, reliable and accurate industry metric for measuring and tracking safety trends and to promote its continuous improvement. Benchmarking surveys help companies understand how efficient they are over a host of issues and lead to improvements in their programs. Examples of safety surveys include: The Survey of Occupational Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities in the Petroleum Industry (OII) and the API RP 754 Annual PSE Survey.

For pricing and ordering information for the OII, please contact our authorized distributor, IHS Markit, at 1-800-854-7179 or visit the API Petroleum Statistical Data Storefront on the IHS website for more information.


The Survey of Occupational Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities in the Petroleum Industry (OII)

The OII was an annual survey that collected data on Petroleum Industry Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities, both within the United States and internationally, as well as for both employees and contract workers. Participants were asked to submit data according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) guidelines. The “Survey of Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities in the Petroleum Industry: Report to Participants” is available only to participating companies and is available through the OII database website.

An aggregate report is available for purchase through our authorized distributor, IHS Markit. Participation was voluntary and the number of participating companies varies from year to year. Therefore, the reader should exercise caution when using this data to characterize the performance of the industry as a whole.

OII surveys were published in April of the following year. The final iteration of the OII survey was published for calendar year 2019.

Contact: Alexa Carlson at carlsona@api.org.


Workplace Safety Report (2010–2019)

This report compares the rates of job-related injuries and illnesses in different segments of the U.S. oil and natural gas industry with those in the U.S. private sector. The report is based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publication, Occupational Injuries and Illnesses: Counts, Rates, and Characteristics. This is a free report. 

Contact: Alexa Carlson at carlsona@api.org.