Health & Safety Performance
It is the policy of U.S. Oil & Refining Co. to provide a safe working environment for all employees, visitors and contractors, to comply with all safety laws and regulations, and to apply best practices to protect the safety and well being of the community as it relates to plant operations. It is our belief that all accidents are preventable and every effort is made toward the prevention of accidents.
Our ultimate goal is zero accidents. In our pursuit of this goal, a comprehensive safety program has been established and we are always striving for continuous improvement. It is the overall philosophy of our safety program that safety be given a high priority, being an equal partner to production, quality and cost. In addition safety will at no time be compromised for expediency. Our safety program includes, but is not limited to, safety inspections, appropriate training, provision of adequate personal protective equipment, appropriate engineering controls, safety procedures, safety accountability, and diligent accident/incident investigation and reporting.
The success of this program requires the active participation and cooperation of all employees, visitors and contractors. For this reason, U.S. Oil requires that everyone complies with the rules and procedures of this program. Working safely is a condition of working at U.S. Oil & Refining Co.
U.S. Oil has experienced a steady and sustainable decline in the number of OSHA Recordable Incidents at the refinery. U.S. Oil has also been recognized with the National Petroleum & Refining Association's Gold Award for two consecutive years. This prestigious honor is awarded for a 30% Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) reduction over the past three years. To track normalized performance over time, we calculate the Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR), which is a measure of the number of recordable injuries per 200,000 hours worked. A Recordable Injury (RI) is reported for any work related incident that results in injuries that caused fatality, loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job, or require treatment beyond first aid.
While we track our performance annually and aim every year for substantial improvement, the only acceptable target is zero. To eliminate injuries, our management and safety professionals will continue to implement processes, standards, and procedures to tackle the root causes of serious incidents which result in, or have the potential to result in, personnel injuries.
Process Safety Management
U.S. Oil is committed to the safety and well being of its employees and contractors and strives to provide a safe working environment and assure that all operations are conducted in accordance with recognized industry standards. The Process Safety Management (PSM) Program at U.S. Oil is an important part of the overall refinery safety program.
The major objective of the PSM Program is to prevent or mitigate catastrophic incidents involving the release of flammable and otherwise hazardous chemicals into locations that could expose employees, contractors, and others to serious hazards. Process Safety Management establishes systems to ensure that the equipment used in the refinery and chemical processes are properly maintained and that the employees operating/maintaining them are qualified and knowledgeable. As part of this program, we actively encourage employee participation in all aspects of the PSM program to ensure overall program effectiveness.
Work Place Safety
Employees and contractors throughout the company participate in safety teams, conduct safety surveys, contribute to incident investigations, and suggest ongoing improvements in safety procedures. Our employees and contractors receive rigorous training before commencing work in our facilities. We emphasize the importance of strong safety leadership to our employee and contractor workforce to further strengthen the safety culture at U.S. Oil.