The impact of the BP Baker report. Academic Article uri icon


  • INTRODUCTION: This study examined the impact of the British Petroleum (BP) Baker Panel Report, reviewing the March 2005 BP-Texas City explosion, on the field of process safety. METHOD: Three hundred eighty-four subscribers of a process safety listserv responded to a survey two years after the BP Baker Report was published. RESULTS: Results revealed respondents in the field of process safety are familiar with the BP Baker Report, feel it is important to the future safety of chemical processing, and believe that the findings are generalizable to other plants beyond BP-Texas City. Respondents indicated that few organizations have administered the publicly available BP Process Safety Culture Survey. Our results also showed that perceptions of contractors varied depending on whether respondents were part of processing organizations (internal perspective) or government or consulting agencies (external perspective). CONCLUSIONS: This research provides some insight into the beliefs of chemical processing personnel regarding the transportability and generalizability of lessons learned from one organization to another. IMPACT ON INDUSTRY: This study has implications for both organizational scientists and engineers in that it reveals perceptions about the primary mechanism used to share lessons learned within one industry about one major catastrophe (i.e., investigation reports). This study provides preliminary information about the perceived impact of a report such as this one.

published proceedings

  • J Safety Res

author list (cited authors)

  • Rodrguez, J. M., Payne, S. C., Bergman, M. E., & Beus, J. M.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Rodríguez, Jennifer M||Payne, Stephanie C||Bergman, Mindy E||Beus, Jeremy M

publication date

  • January 2011