Health, safety and the Environment

“Every day, we at Murphy Oil Corporation work hard to explore for and produce hydrocarbons on which our country depends in a way that protects the health and safety of our workers and the communities in which we operate. We focus our expertise and our energies on keeping our operations safe and reliable while minimizing our effect on the environment. I believe we are succeeding and we will keep working to produce even better results in the future.”

— Claiborne Deming, Chairman of the Board of Directors

HSSEMurphy is committed to conducting our business in a manner that protects the health, safety and security of all personnel at company facilities and that is compatible with the environment in which we operate. This commitment has been demonstrated over our long business history and will be leveraged into our future. Murphy has a global footprint of diverse and complex operations making it necessary to have a single Health, Safety & Environmental Management System (HSE-MS) worldwide.

The HSE-MS is built on the traditions and experience of our oil and gas history and is the foundation of a safe, secure and compliant workplace. It engages all personnel and provides assurance for a consistent method to integrate HSE into our site procedures and work tools.

The HSE-MS consists of three levels: (Illustrated in Figure 1)

  • Level 1:  Direction is driven by the Murphy Policy.
  • Level 2:  Expectations are articulated in an HSE-MS framework document and associated Global Standards.
  • Level 3:  Operational Execution ensures implementation of the Expectations into our projects and daily activities.

The HSE-MS framework is organized around 11 Elements as illustrated in Figure 2. Within each Element are a set of Expectations. Many of these Expectations are supported by Global Standards and detailed Programs, Plans, Procedures and Work Tools at the work site. 

Our HSE-MS applies to everyone working at a Murphy location worldwide.

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Figure 1: HSE Management System
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Figure 2: HSE-MS Elements


In 1993, the Murphy Board of Directors established what is now known as the Health, Safety and Environmental subcommittee of the Board to provide governance of all environmental, health, and safety activities of the corporation. The Committee meets semi-annually to receive environmental updates and review policies, compliance reports, goals, greenhouse gas emissions data, safety and environmental performance, security concerns and explores alternative energy opportunities.

The governance for the implementation of the  HSE-MS is guided by an HSE Executive Advisory Committee, consisting of senior management from each business unit  and the HSE organization. Personnel at all levels within the organization are actively involved in the implementation of the management system. 

Murphy is committed to conducting our business in a manner that protects the health and safety of all personnel at company facilities. All work has an element of risk. Personnel are empowered to stop work if they believe conditions are unsafe. Murphy expects accountability and responsibility across our expansive global exploration and production activities. We strive to achieve incident-free operations through continuous improvement processes managed through our HSE-MS.

Murphy is committed to utilizing appropriate security measures that effectively identify and mitigate threats and risks at Murphy operated locations. Security measures are based on a threat assessment process and implemented to protect personnel, company assets and minimize loss while developing a safe and secure work environment.

Murphy has a long history of being committed to conducting our business in a manner that protects the environment in which we operate. Protecting and preserving the environment is a longstanding and deep-rooted principle for everyone at Murphy. Our Company’s founder, Charles Murphy, was a forerunner in the environmental awareness movement and his tireless efforts helped lead to new standards and practices for the oil and gas industry.

Our environmental initiatives continue to build on the Charles Murphy legacy. Murphy makes significant investments in equipment upgrades and new technology to continuously improve our environmental performance. This is accomplished by reducing emissions, increasing energy efficiencies, protecting water resources, and managing waste and land impact.  


On issues of global warming and climate change, Murphy shares the concerns of our shareholders, employees and community. As a company, we recognize that our planet has experienced periods of global warming as well as global cooling.

According to NASA's Goddard Institute, 2016 was the warmest year on record and 17 of the warmest 18 years recorded, have occured since 2001.

The need to advance our knowledge notwithstanding, it is incumbent upon all of us to do what is possible to mitigate the potential impact of greenhouse gases (GHG) on our environment, as well as prepare to adapt to unavoidable changes in the climate system.

Murphy, in consultation with some of the foremost climate experts and scientists in the world that have been studying the issue for nearly a decade, developed in 2008, a corporate set of “Guiding Principles for Climate Change”, that is current today, to assist Murphy in communicating to our employees, the public and policy makers our position as climate change events unfold throughout the world. We are a financial sponsor and actively participate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change since 1998.

With this in mind, Murphy has initiated a series of actions designed to produce a measured and verifiable inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. We began in 2001 and have continued a program of conducting and establishing verifiable, third party measurement of our greenhouse gas emissions annually. Refinement of our emission surveys have continued through the years. A three-year (2015-2017) emission trend and review of Murphy climate change initiatives can be reviewed here. Murphy continues to evaluate a number of cost effective initiatives designed to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. As these initiatives are implemented, we will monitor our progress through annual emission surveys.

While our program is clearly nascent, we believe with the advent of new technologies and programs such as carbon sequestration, various offsets and trading mechanisms, and reduced flaring, it may be possible for Murphy to continue reducing greenhouse gas emissions on an absolute basis despite growth in our upstream operations. This will benefit not just our shareholders, but our community and world at large.

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