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Valero’s most important measure of success is the health and safety of employees, contractors, customers and neighbors.

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Safety Involves All Employees and Processes
Both occupational and process safety are integrated into every facet of Valero operations. Valero’s occupational health and safety program is successful because it is developed, supported and carried out by all employees, from executive management to the newest hire. The company’s process safety program instills safety and reliability at every facility to push beyond regulatory compliance to operational excellence.
  • Valero refineries achieved their lowest-ever employee recordable-injury rate in 2014, with 0.42 incidents per 200,000 working hours. This is well below the industry average of 0.9.
  • Valero refinery employees and contractors achieved their lowest-ever combined recordable-injury rate of 0.43 in 2014.
  • The company's refineries matched their lowest-ever lost-time incidence rate of 0.12 in 2014, the number of recordable injuries or illnesses requiring time away from work, per 200,000 working hours.
  • Valero refineries and one asphalt plant earned 10 safety awards in 2014 from American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers for occupational and process safety achievements over the prior year.
  • Eight Valero refineries are "Star Sites," prestigious safety recognitions under Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and affiliated state agencies. Valero has the most Star Sites in the U.S. In addition, Valero's Corpus Christi and Houston asphalt terminals are Star Sites.
  • The Valero Jean Gaulin Refinery in Quebec holds an internal VPP Star after passing first-of-its-kind VPP-style audits by independent teams of professionals trained by OSHA.
  • Valero has achieved a 58 percent reduction in process safety event rates since 2010, with a three-year rolling average of 0.08 events per 200,000 working hours through 2014.
  • Valero's Commitment to Excellence Management System (CTEMS) provides a framework for excellence in operations, reliability, occupational and process safety, and the environment.
Planning for Emergencies

Valero has implemented an emergency preparedness program to ensure its response readiness for any emergency, to protect personnel, the community and the environment. Its program includes:

  • A consistent emergency management process and organization that has the ability to provide immediate and comprehensive corporate support and response
  • Qualified emergency response teams at each of our operating facilities, and/or relationships with local fire departments
  • Regular training for responders and managers in emergency management, incident command and tactical operations.
  • Relationships and contracts with emergency response contractors, suppliers and vendors to ensure availability of necessary resources
  • A regular drill and assessment schedule to ensure response readiness and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Computer-based training required for all headquarters employees to maintain familiarity with safety procedures on campus and reinforce the importance of following those procedures.
  • Emergency planning and response appropriately considered in the strategic planning and capital budget process
  • Quality software, Web-based tools and resources necessary to ensure efficient emergency planning and decision-making
  • Training and/or support to local fire departments and coordination with local law enforcement
Ensuring Optimum Security
Valero’s advanced technology, sophisticated monitoring equipment and highly trained security personnel ensure facilities and assets are safe and secure. The company’s security enhancement initiatives continually safeguard employees and the communities where it operates. Initiatives include:
  • Enhancements in advanced technology and physical security that provide monitoring at all facilities at all times
  • Commitment to protecting U.S. borders against various threats to national security by participating in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program with U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Dedication to securing nation's ports and modes of transportation through full compliance with the federal Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • Development of security assessments for all refineries, terminals and ethanol plants, including full federal Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) compliance
  • Single-source security provider at all refineries to ensure service uniformity, consistent application of policies and timely emergency response
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CTEMS has nine major elements, with detailed expectations for each, that provide a framework for achieving operational excellence:
1. Leadership Accountability
2. Protecting People and Environment
3. People Skills and Development
4. Operations Reliability and Mechanical Integrity
5. Technical Excellence & Knowledge Development
6. Change Management
7. Business Competitiveness
8. External Stakeholder Relationships
9. Assurance and Review