Employees at the Corpus Refinery

Tirelessly Focused on Safety

Bwin sports bettingAt Valero, the safety of our employees, contractors and communities is of utmost importance. Our robust safety initiatives, year-round training programs and extensive safety management systems all contribute to our goal of safety excellence. 

In 2023, we spent approximately $1.8 billion in capital to grow and sustain our operations as part of our commitment to safety, reliability, preventive equipment maintenance and environmental mitigation. 

We conduct rigorous internal and external safety audits, quality assurance visits and comprehensive risk assessments at each of our facilities to maintain excellence in our safety performance. 

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Beyond Compliance: Leading the Way for Voluntary Protection

Our participation in the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) exemplifies our consistent pursuit of going beyond regulatory requirements by voluntarily submitting to robust safety certifications and audits. OSHA approves VPP Star Site status only if the facility demonstrates that enhanced safety systems have been implemented and embraced in a collaborative way by leaders and employees. Sites are reassessed by OSHA every three to five years in order to maintain their VPP status.

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Record Setting Safety
At Valero, we take great pride in our safety record and continue to aim for exceptional performance.

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Safety Excellence

Bwin sports bettingAt Valero, the safety of our employees, contractors and communities is of utmost importance. Our robust safety initiatives, year-round training programs and extensive safety management systems all contribute to our goal of safety excellence. 

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Stewardship, Safety
and Reliability

Through innovation, we are advancing environmental stewardship, process safety and reliability.

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Environmental Stewardship

At Valero, we are focused on maintaining our operations in an environmentally responsible manner; investing in low-carbon fuels production and renewable energy projects that contribute toward reducing companywide GHG emissions; and participating in ecological and conservation projects to protect biodiversity.

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Process Safety

Valero once again achieved high refinery utilization rates, resulting from another excellent performance in process safety and reliability, which are essential to curb environmental bwin casinoincidents and improve safety.

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Reliability

Our best ever 97.4% mechanical availability in 2023 represents highly reliable refinery operations. Excellent performance in this metric reflects our ability to avoid unplanned downtime, minimize environmental impacts, implement our structured turnaround planning process and ensure efficient use of resources.

Emergency Preparedness
and Response

With refineries long coastlines and ethanol plants in the U.S. Midwest, Valero has long evaluated and prepared for physical risks to its facilities from natural disasters and weather events. Our emergency preparedness and response programs are  focused on the mitigation of these risks. 

Check out our Bwin Slots for additional information on Valero’s emergency response programs.

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Emergency Management Planning Our company-wide emergency management process is designed to assess potential risks posed to our people and operations and implement solutions.

  • Emergency response plans at each facility that comply with all local, state and federal regulations and are regularly updated with third-party assessments to ensure excellence.
  • Certifying equipment and facilities are maintained in fully functional condition and are readily available Bwin online live casinoalong with trained personnel when needed for emergency response.
  • Ensuring qualified emergency response teams with strong relationships with third-party response personnel are present on-site.
  • Performing regular drills and assessments to promote response readiness and alignment with our Goal Zero program.
  • Allocating critical capital resources to emergency planning and response in the strategic planning and capital budget processes to make our facilities efficient and resilient.
  • Employing the use of emerging technologies to optimize decision-making and response execution.
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STAR Metric

The STAR (Safety Tracking and Recognition) Metric is our safety program for ethanol plants. This program recognizes top performing ethanol plants in five key areas: 

  • Process Safety
  • Reliability
  • Environmental
  • Rail Safety
  • Policy and Procedure Compliance

Each quarter we recognize plants achieving zero incidents in all five areas. Plants that go four consecutive quarters without an incident earn a Super STAR award.

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Goal Zero Safety Program

Our Goal Zero program is designed to eliminate incidents and injuries in seven focus areas by taking a data-driven risk based approach:

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  • Heavy Equipment/ Vehicle Operations
  • Energy Isolation and Control
  • Contractor Safety Management
  • Personnel Exposure
  • Hand Awareness and Safety
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  • Dropped Objects

Safety Data Sheets

Safety data sheets provide, in a standard format, product safe use and handling information regarding potential hazards, and how to respond to emergencies.

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