Our safety culture is rooted in Stop Work Authority. Every employee is empowered and encouraged to stop work when any concern arises, no matter how minor. This is an opportunity to “measure twice, cut once” to ensure the workplan can be executed safely. Our EHS team conducts annual safety surveys to determine program effectiveness, assess our safety culture, and solicit feedback from employees and contractors. The results are communicated company-wide and used in conjunction with gap analyses, metric results, and feedback processes to shape our goals and priorities for the upcoming year and to improve our safety training program. The surveys also provide an opportunity for all employees to have a voice in safety policies, goals, and training.
Another key component of Tallgrass’ safety culture is to ensure all employees and contractors are qualified and trained to perform their work in the field. In addition to hiring employees with qualified skills, Tallgrass provides employees with the appropriate EHS-related equipment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and training required to perform their jobs safely and efficiently. We have dedicated personnel devoted to ensuring our employees are equipped with training and support to perform their job while meeting safety regulatory requirements and conforming to Tallgrass safety policies and expectations. We support and train our employees through various EHS programs and practices including Emergency Management and Emergency Response Planning (ERP) Drills, an Operator Qualification (OQ) Program, and Driver Safety Training. These training programs play an instrumental role in preparing our employees for their work, as well as for any unexpected scenarios that may occur on the job.
We communicate regularly with those who live and work in the communities near our operations. Whether we have a new project or we are conducting maintenance activities in their area, we want community members to hear it from us first.read more
811 is the national call-before-you-dig phone number. Anyone who plans to dig should call 811 or go to their state 811 center’s website before digging to request that the approximate location of buried utilities be marked with paint or flags so that you don’t unintentionally dig into an underground utility line.read more