Bahrain-based Oil Company Wins NSC's 2007 Robert W. Campbell Award

The National Safety Council announced yesterday that Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) is the 2007 recipient of the Robert W. Campbell Award. The first company outside North America to receive the council's international award for business excellence through safety, health, and environment management, BAPCO officials will accept the award Monday, Oct. 15 during the NSC's 95th annual Congress & Expo in Chicago.

"BAPCO has successfully demonstrated that its safety, health and environmental programs are directly linked to its business performance, productivity, and sustainability, and has therefore earned the distinction of being the National Safety Council's 2007 international Robert W. Campbell Award recipient," said NSC President and CEO Alan C. McMillan. "It is clear that BAPCO's senior management believes that extraordinary business performance starts with dedication and commitment to SH&E management, and has integrated that belief into every level of its business."

BAPCO is one of the oldest and largest petroleum companies in the Middle East, and the largest employer in the Kingdom of Bahrain, an archipelago of low lying islands located in the Arabian Gulf on the eastern shore of Saudi Arabia. Wholly-owned by the Government of Bahrain, BAPCO is engaged in the oil industry including exploration and prospecting for oil, drilling, production, refining, distribution of petroleum products and natural gas, sales and export of crude oil and refined products. The company owns a 250,000 barrels-a-day refinery, storage facilities for more than 14 million barrels, a marketing terminal, and a marine terminal for its petroleum products. The company employs 3,200 full-time employees and more than 1,300 contractors.

The company impressed the Campbell Award's international expert review panel with the range of stringent audits and assessments it regularly undertakes in order to maintain and exceed international standards. The panel also noted BAPCO's corporate investment in SH&E management and the significant and positive impact these initiatives have had on the company's overall business performance. With an annual SH&E budget of $20 million and a staff of 50 people working full-time on safety, health and environment activities, more than 60 percent of BAPCO employees are engaged in some form of corporate SH&E activity.

"Safety, health & environment are managed processes at BAPCO involving all employees at all levels of the organization," said BAPCO Chief Executive Dr. Mustafa Al-Sayed. "This has led to BAPCO's strong regional reputation for safety over the years. We are extremely proud to be recognized yet again in the areas of SH&E with this very prestigious award."

Campbell Award applicants undergo a rigorous assessment that includes site visits and a comprehensive evaluation of the company’s commitment to and implementation of SH&E practices. Panel assessments emphasize three key categories: involvement of management and corporate leadership; integration of SH&E systems into the overall business operations; and employee involvement, motivation and training. Winning companies work with a network of 21 global partner organizations to create a case study of their SH&E management systems for top business and engineering schools worldwide. Past Campbell Award winners include Noble Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, Alcan Inc., and DynMcDermott Petroleum Operations.

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