Safely Delivering Energy
Protecting our employees, contractors and our communities
Targa’s core values begin with the protection and safety of our employees, contractors, and communities where we operate. At Targa, we value people above all else, and as an operator of critical energy infrastructure we remain committed to making safety and health our top priority. We believe that “Zero is Achievable” and our goal is to operate and deliver our products without any injuries. By supporting our safety culture with a management system that fosters continuous improvement, action, and transparency, we seek to operate our business with the highest safety standards while striving to lead the improvement of safety in our industry as a whole.
Protecting Our Communities
How to Tell Where a Pipeline is Located
Because pipelines are buried underground, markers are used to indicate their approximate locations along the route. The markers display the material transported in the line, the name of the pipeline operator, and a telephone number where the operator can be reached in the event of an emergency.
How to Recognize a Pipeline Leak and Actions to be Taken if You Suspect a Leak
Pipeline leaks can be recognized using three of the five senses: sight, sound, and smell. If you suspect a leak, most importantly, turn off any equipment and leave the area as quickly as possible.
Targa’s Public Awareness Program is focused on educating the public on pipeline safety and product storage. Our safety brochures are mailed regularly to those who live and/or work near our pipelines and/or storage facilities, emergency responders, public officials, excavators, and farmers. We meet routinely with public officials, including emergency responders and Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC), to discuss the specific hazards posed by our facilities and operations and collaboratively determine an appropriate emergency response for specific situations.
Fostering a safe working environment, with positive worker engagement and training, is key as we continually seek to improve our safety performance. To protect the safety of our workers, Targa maintains and implements an integrated system of policies, practices, and controls. We strive to proactively identify any workplace hazard and respond with prompt action when a hazard is identified. Moreover, Targa employees and contractors have the authority to stop work activities if they believe a workplace hazard has not been adequately addressed.
Targa designs, constructs, and operates its facilities, and trains its personnel to rigorous industry standards to minimize the occurrence of emergencies. However, if a safety incident does occur, we are ready to respond safely and effectively, working together with local first-response agencies and regional and national authorities.
Targa maintains an emergency preparedness and response framework that reaches the expanse of our entire organization. We regularly test and continuously improve our emergency response tactics and plans with local first responders and emergency management and government officials. We review our emergency management programs across our businesses to confirm they are functioning as intended and identify opportunities for continual improvement. In the event of an incident, our employees and contractors utilize the training and extensive preparation to lead and implement a safe, rapid, and effective response. Additionally, Targa’s Crisis Communication Team facilitates communication with external stakeholders during emergencies.