16 January 2007 23:49 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--BP chief executive John Browne bears responsibility for the company's lack of emphasis on process safety, an independent investigative panel said in a report released on Tuesday.
In its report, the panel noted Browne’s reputation as an advocate of reducing carbon dioxide emissions and promoting alternative fuels. “If Browne had demonstrated comparable leadership on and commitment to process safety, that leadership and commitment would likely have resulted in a higher level of process safety performance in BP’s ?xml:namespace>
The panel said that before the March 2005 explosion at the firm's
The panel, which was chaired by former US secretary of state James Baker, said that since the
“If Browne continues to champion these messages, and if he and other members of BP management reinforce them with consistent and sustained actions, process safety culture and performance within BP will improve,” the panel said
In a video conference call with members of the news media on Tuesday, Browne said he recognised the need for the company to have a balanced approach to safety – one in which process improvements were given equal weight to staff practices and environmental safeguards.
Browne declined, when asked by a reporter, to comment on his legacy at BP and whether the
Browne, who was appointed BP’s group chief executive in 1995 and will retire in July, said the Baker panel’s report was a “hard-hitting, critical analysis.”
The panel said that its members interviewed Browne on two occasions, once in person in
Baker, who chaired the panel, did not say whether he believed Browne’s departure would have any effect on how well the company implements its recommendations.
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