Oil Refiner Improves Safety Rates

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 @ 05:08 PM gHale


One oil company focused on safety performance over the past year and the numbers show a marked improvement.

Citgo Petroleum Corp. increased its refining safety performance in 2011 with its total recordable incident rate (TRIR) and days away, restricted, or transferred (DART) rate falling to about half of what they were the previous year.

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According to industry figures recently released by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), Citgo improved in these two safety metrics.

“We understand that in addition to personal safety, process safety is a key part of the equation. Therefore, we take a holistic approach with a strong commitment to continuous improvement practices and have adjusted our internal safety index metrics accordingly,” said Houston-based Citgo President and Chief Executive Alejandro Granado.

The Citgo refining TRIR dropped from 0.41 in 2010 to 0.16 in 2011. The 2011 TRIR represents roughly one fifth of the industry operating company employee average of 0.81 as reported by AFPM in its “Summary of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.” The TRIR is a calculation of the number of recordable incidents that a company or project experiences per 100 full-time employees in any given time frame.

Similarly, the Citgo refining DART fell from 0.16 in 2010 to 0.08 in 2011. The 2011 DART also marks a rate of five times less than the industry average of 0.41.

The DART is a calculation of the number of recordable injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees that resulted in days away from work, restricted work activity and/or job transfer that a company or project experiences in any given time frame, such as a project life cycle.



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