SAFETY OVERVIEW AND OUR COMMITMENT
At Targa, we are committed to protecting our employees, our contractors, and the people living in the communities in which we work and operate. Wherever we operate, we strive to conduct our business with attention to the environment and to manage risks to enable sustainable business growth. We endeavor to reduce and eliminate injuries, occupational illnesses, and incidents of environmental harm arising from our activities. We take our commitment to fulfill the requirements of all federal, state, and local agencies very seriously. We seek to be leaders in our industry by working directly with government agencies and industry groups. As a member of the community, we aim to be a good corporate citizen. We value our relationships with our neighbors and the government agencies who regulate our operations.
Targa promotes a culture of excellence throughout our operations by seeking skilled employees and contractors with a high degree of competence in terms of education, training, knowledge, and experience. We provide initial training for employees and recurring training at regular intervals. Our training program promotes continuous improvement and helps us meet objectives for an informed and knowledgeable workforce.
We work to keep our operations safe by teaching and encouraging our employees to be proactively involved in safety activities and hazard recognition. Each employee is taught to identify, communicate, and mitigate hazards as a routine part of their job. Targa’s Hazard Wheel is our visual reminder to each employee of the eight hazard types that can be encountered as they are performing the duties of their job.
Targa's Critical Risks
In addition to hazard recognition, employees are trained to recognize specific activities and operational scenarios that may pose the greatest risk for serious injury, called "Targa's Critical Risks". By targeting these risks and providing our employees with additional special training, tools, and resources to address the hazards associated with those risks, we can prevent or reduce the occurrence of serious injury or fatality.
"Targa’s Critical Risks" are identified as:
With the Targa Hazard Wheel and "Targa’s Critical Risks" in mind, Targa encourages our employees to stop and Take 10! before performing every operation by simply taking ten moments to ensure everyone is prepared to move forward with the task at hand safely. By using those extra moments, each hazard can be identified, communicated, and mitigated to lower the risk for an incident or injury.
- Consideration for employee participation and engagement in the design, operation, and maintenance of facilities, including situations where physical or operational changes are made;
- Establishment and periodic review of operations and maintenance processes and procedures;
- Establishment of programs intended to assure the mechanical integrity of our facilities and equipment;
- Training programs that focus on our employees being adequately trained and fully aware of the hazards they might face in conducting their work activities;
- Establishment, maintenance, and periodic review of emergency response processes and procedures;
- Establishment, maintenance, and periodic reviews of procedures to manage process and/or facility changes; and
- Establishment, maintenance, and periodic review of processes and procedures to provide that new or modified facilities are subjected to a thorough safety review prior to the introduction of any hazardous material.
Pipeline and Storage Safety
- Employee training;
- Participate in one-call damage prevention programs administered by the states in which we operate;
- Visually inspect pipeline rights-of-way by air and/or ground on a regular basis;
- Maintain cathodic protection systems to protect our steel pipelines from external corrosion;
- Maintain a pipeline public awareness program to communicate with stakeholders and prevent third-party damage to our pipelines and,
- Public awareness and education programs.
- Instrument systems that monitor operating pressures within the caverns and shut down operation of individual caverns in the event pressure or pressure changes exceed set limits; and
- Periodic inspection and testing of the caverns to assure mechanical integrity. Inspections include:
- Sonar surveys of individual caverns to determine their size, shape, and any abnormal changes;
- Casing logs to monitor corrosion or mechanical issues with well tubulars; and
- Pressure testing of each cavern to support operating pressures.
- Public awareness and education programs.
Public Awareness and Emergency Preparedness
- Raise awareness of key stakeholders of the presence of pipelines in their communities;
- Educate those who live or work near our pipelines and our storage facilities to recognize and properly react to a pipeline leak or emergency;
- Help excavators understand the steps they can take to prevent damage and to respond safely and promptly should their actions cause damage to our facilities;
- Better educate the affected public, emergency officials, local public officials, and other key groups about our organization’s emergency response and key safety procedures in the unlikely event of an operating incident; and
- Help emergency response agencies better understand the safe and proper actions to take to respond to a release or emergency.
We continue to enhance processes and safeguards to prevent incidents. However, if an incident does occur, we are ready to respond safely and effectively and work together with local first-response agencies and regional and national authorities. In some areas of concentrated industrial activity, Targa is a member of mutual aid networks that provide trained personnel and equipment to supplement and aid Targa’s responders just as Targa provides trained personnel and equipment to aid other companies' responders. These networks include local public first responders.