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Safety Summer is Heating Up!

Extreme temperatures can result in severe, and even fatal, injuries and illnesses. This is especially true during June, July and …

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New Year, New Times!

The Ergon Times January 2022 issue is here! Copies available at your facility or access digitally here.  

IT’S HERE! READ THE ERGON TIMES ONLINE – SUMMER 2021

The summer edition of The Ergon Times is hot off the presses! Read the full version here.

EAE Facilities in U.S. and Mexico Recognized for ZERO Recordables!

Congratulations to the Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions (EAE) and Ergon Asfaltos México facilities recently recognized by management for safety achievements …

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READ THE ERGON TIMES ONLINE – JANUARY 2021

The latest edition of The Ergon Times is hot off the presses! Read the full version here.

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WHAT DOES MEAN TO YOU?

Welcome to Target Zero, Ergon's ongoing effort to keep health, safety and unity top of mind across our worldwide footprint. Bookmark this website and visit often to keep track of the program, register for prizes, and more. Meanwhile, remember that every Ergon location is required to...

  • Follow all Health & Safety policies, programs and procedures
  • Work in accordance with training provided
  • Only operate equipment with property guards and other safety systems in place
  • Wear all required Personal Protective Equipment
  • Report all injuries and incidents
View our Safety Commitment PDF

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F.A.Q.S

What is Target Zero?

Target Zero, with full support of Ergon management, is an internal communications program that seeks to engage, unify and educate Ergon’s workforce with regard to safety and related issues.  Elements of the program include management’s commitment to safety, ergontargetzero.com website, other digital communications such as email and social media, and on-site signage at Ergon facilities and offices worldwide.

How does Target Zero impact my job responsibilities?

Employees like you are the lifeblood of our entire organization, and providing a safe work environment for you is our highest priority. The Target Zero program does not impose additional job responsibilities. Engaging with the program is as easy as opening just a few emails each month. We’ll also share information about prizes, giveaways and special events from time to time.

What is the purpose of Target Zero?

Above all, Target Zero is designed to create to a “culture of safety” throughout the entire Ergon organization, engaging employees and supplying useful information. Providing a safe work environment for you is our highest priority.

Does Target Zero meet OSHA regulations?

U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations are laws put in place to ensure employers provide a safe and healthy workplace. Target Zero encourages compliance with these regulations, industry standards, and best practices. Employee safety is top priority at Ergon.

What if I have questions about Target Zero?

Simply contact the facility manager, safety manager, or corporate health and safety representative for your facility.

What are my worker rights?

According to the US. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), you are entitled to a safe workplace. Ergon strives to provide a workplace free of known health and safety hazards. However, if you have concerns, address them with your supervisor or facility manager. All employees have the right to speak up without fear of retaliation.

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Daily Update with Paul Young

In today’s message, Paul Young, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services, provides an update on COVID-19 and the importance of continued social distancing and proper hygiene practices. He shares information on Ergon’s Return to Normal Plan, currently being developed by Risk Management and Environmental, Health & Safety. The goal of the phased approach is to get Ergon operations back to normal without endangering anyone.

Paul reminds everyone to sign up for the Ergon Pipeline, which is a way for the Ergon Family to stay connected. This will be a useful tool even beyond the pandemic. Find information and download instructions on the home page of this website, ErgonTargetZero.com.

Paul shares a special thank you on Administrative Professionals Day, and he offers thoughts on managing stress.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/tW6rqHLZbow

Be safe and be healthy!

Employee Update: Ergon Terminaling 5/14

In today’s podcast, Joel Pastorek, Zach Young, Craig Rohr and Steve Clark provide an overview of Ergon Terminaling’s day-to-day operations, what they have done to keep employees safe during the pandemic, and a special message for Ergon’s frontline employees.

CLICK TO LISTEN: https://youtu.be/TwBMFh_bq6c

Thank you, and stay well!

COVID-19 UPDATE 5/13

Please review the following updated precautions, travel restrictions and visitor requirements for all Ergon employees and facilities. Managers, please be sure all employees have access to this information.

Coronavirus (COVID–19) Update
UPDATED May 6, 2020

PRECAUTIONS, TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS AND VISITOR REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL ERGON EMPLOYEES AND FACILITIES

The health and well-being of our employees is the top priority for Ergon and its family of companies, and our goal is always to have every employee return home safely at the end of the day. We are closely monitoring developments related to Coronavirus (COVID–19) and its potential impacts and will continue to post important updates to ErgonTargetZero.com to keep you informed.

 

PRECAUTIONS

The United States and all of North and South America are considered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to be areas of widespread ongoing transmission of COVID-19. Please help minimize the spread of COVID–19, as well as other viruses, by practicing careful hygiene measures and using the following precautions:

  • Maintain social distancing of at least SIX FEET.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropyl alcohol frequently.
  • Wear a facial covering in public situations where social distancing cannot be maintained (check local guidelines before travel – some locations require facial coverings to be worn in public).

Per CDC Guidance, if an employee believes they have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 but the employee does not have symptoms, the employee should:

  • Inform their supervisor.
  • Unless directed otherwise by their supervisor, report to work.
  • Self monitor temperature prior to coming to work each day (this is in addition to temperature screening that may be conducted in the workplace).
  • Not report to work if their temperature is above 100.4 degrees F.
  • Wear a mask at work (required), in any situation where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Continue the actions above for 14 days from suspected exposure.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Based on review of recommendations from the U.S. State Department, CDC, and World Health Organization (WHO), Ergon recommends the following:

 NOTE: Employees may opt out of international and domestic travel without penalty if they believe the risk is too high.

LARGE MEETINGS/CONFERENCES

  • Avoid participation in large meetings/conferences unless critical and approved by your Business Unit Leader or Department Vice President.
  • Check state and local guidance or restrictions for large meetings prior to travel.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • Do not travel to or from China, South Korea, Iran, or any European countries including Great Britain. Travel to these countries is prohibited.
  • Avoid international travel. If you must conduct business-critical travel to countries other than those prohibited above, approval by an Executive Vice President or higher is required.

 DOMESTIC TRAVEL (INCLUDES TRAVEL TO ALL ERGON FACILITIES)

  • Limit travel to business-critical trips needed to maintain operations or other critical functions.
  • Obtain permission from Vice President or higher before scheduling domestic travel.
  • Obtain permission from Facility Managers prior to visiting any Ergon sites.
  • Minimize domestic air travel by conducting essential/critical travel only.
  • Check with airlines to determine if facial coverings must be worn. Ergon recommends that travelers wear a facial covering when using public modes of transportation.

CONTRACTORS, VISITORS AND VENDORS

  • Limit contractor, visitor and vendor visits to all locations to those needed for business-critical activities.
  • Facility Managers must approve all visitors and communicate hygiene/sanitation program requirements to them prior to coming onsite.
  • For Mirror Lake Plaza, visitors must be approved by Vice President or higher level. The approver must ensure that arrangements are made to screen visitors prior to entrance.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Check with customers before traveling to their facilities to understand any restrictions or hygiene protocols they may have.
  • Use video conferencing when possible to minimize the need for travel.

 PERSONAL TRAVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Inform your supervisor of personal travel plans.
  • Inform your supervisor if you believe you may have been exposed to Coronavirus during your personal travel.
  • Check state and local guidance and orders on travel restrictions prior to travel.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your supervisor or Facility Manager. We encourage you to visit cdc.gov for complete information and ongoing updates.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html

 

 

 

Message from 3rd Generation Lamptons 5/12

In today’s Employee Update, several members of the third generation of the Lampton Family came together to record messages of inspiration and appreciation for the Ergon Family.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Zsc9MTJ1apw

Thank you, and stay well!

DIY Cleaning Solutions

Access to cleaning solutions is difficult for everyone during this time — Ergon facilities included. However, there are still some readily available items you can use to make your own solutions according to guidelines as approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Click here to learn how to make and use near-sterile cleaning solutions throughout Ergon facilities and your home.

And remember, please wash your hands thoroughly and often, practice social distancing and avoid touching your face to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to yourself and others.

Lampton-Love Update with Rob Love 5/11

In today’s video podcast, Kris Patrick, COO, visits with Rob Love, President of Lampton-Love. They discuss how Lampton-Love employees are dealing with COVID-19 and how it has impacted the company. Rob provides some interesting history about how the company started, along with an overview of Lampton-Love and how they have maintained their focus on customer service. Rob also shares his outlook for the coming months.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO:https://youtu.be/WlYrIeEvDxM

Thank you, and stay well!

Podcast: Crafco Update with Don Brooks

In today’s video podcast, Kris Patrick, COO, visits with Don Brooks, President of Crafco. They discuss Crafco’s history with Ergon, the impact of COVID-19 on Crafco employees, measures being taken to keep everyone safe and keep operations intact, and an outlook for the coming months.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/Gzkngo8hzjk

Thank you, and stay well!

Employee Update with Kris Patrick

In today’s message, Kris Patrick, COO, provides an update on business operations and an update on cases of COVID-19 throughout the organization. He discusses the importance of business continuity, keeping this virus out of Ergon systems and finding a way to coexist while protecting each other.

If you have concerns or needs, please contact your manager or reach out to Kris directly at kris.patrick@ergon.com.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/AqxJN8JS69w

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update: Leslie Lampton and Paul Young

In today’s message, Paul Young provides an operations update and then visits with Leslie Lampton III about his role with Ergon, the company’s responses to past crises, how Mr. Lampton would likely respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lampton family’s appreciation for all employees are doing during this difficult time, and more.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/2IciKZnYdXM

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update: Magnolia Marine Transport Company

In today’s message, Joel Pastorek, Executive Vice President – Midstream & Logistics, and Stan Humphreys, President – Magnolia Marine Transport Company, offer an overview of Magnolia Marine and discuss challenges and opportunities the company is dealing with related to COVID-19. They also thank Ergon’s frontline workers for their remarkable efforts during this time.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO:https://youtu.be/qWMijgybpIg

Thank you.

Daily Update with Paul Young and James Upton 4/27

In today’s message, Paul Young provides an update regarding COVID-19, and then he and James Upton discuss different types of masks, their proper use and care, and suggestions to protect yourself from the virus. Don’t hesitate to contact your manager or EHS representative for guidance on wearing masks and other safety equipment in the workplace. Remember the barriers of protection in addition to masks, including social distancing and good hygiene. It is important that every employee follow guidelines at Ergon facilities.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO:https://youtu.be/bh_FFa4Gw5I

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update: Ergon Trucking

In today’s message, Joel Pastorek, Executive Vice President – Midstream & Logistics, and Russ Maroney, President – Ergon Trucking, give us an overview of Ergon Trucking’s operations and why the company is such an integral part of our overall supply chain. They discuss how employees are coping with COVID-19, specific steps that have been taken to keep our drivers safe, how events like the pandemic actually have a positive impact on our trucking business, and how these frontline employees exemplify The Ergon Way. Both Russ and Joel offer heartfelt thanks to the Ergon Trucking team for keeping our organization moving during these challenging times.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/y5gfmI0oqHU

Thank you, and stay well.

Employee Update: Resinall Corp 5/18

In today’s video podcast, Kris Patrick, Ergon COO, and Ken Cooley, Resinall COO, provide an overview of Resinall, the markets they serve and the synergies among Resinall and Ergon products. They discuss the impact of COVID-19, adjustments made to keep employees safe while continuing to serve customers, and Ken’s outlook for the coming months.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/yeMl8FDkQmU

Thank you, and stay well!

 

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 4/21

In today’s message, Kris Patrick provides business and operations updates and reminds us of the importance of frequent contact with customers during this time. He reports that Ergon is actively planning for a safe return to work, and details will be shared in the coming days. He discusses recent WTI activity and thanks members of Ergon’s Commodity Risk Management Program for their work in this area.

Kris reminds the Ergon Family to reach out if support is needed and shared his email address:
kris.patrick@ergon.com

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/lcYdkA3UO3o

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update with Ergon CEO and COO 4/20

In today’s message, Emmitte Haddox, CEO, and Kris Patrick, COO, discuss updates on the turnaround at Ergon Refining, COVID-19 cases, Ergon’s focus on safety, and operations. Emmitte welcomes the Western States Asphalt employees to the Ergon family and expresses appreciation to the Lampton family for sharing the video in memory of Mr. Lampton.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/C-KPnWZkoSk

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 4/16

In today’s message, Kris Patrick, COO, shares a quick business update::

  • Six employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Treat yourself and everyone around you as asymptomaticCOVID-positive cases; use good hygiene practices.
  • Update on ERI turnaround.
  • Praise for A&E’s integration of Western States during this difficult time.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO:https://youtu.be/majfCMZdsek

Thank you, and stay well.

 

Daily Update: Ergon Oil Purchasing

In today’s Daily Update, Barton Lampton, Vice President & General Manager of Ergon Oil Purchasing, discusses current activities with Joel Pastorek, Executive Vice President of Midstream and Logistics. Topics include how they are encouraging customers during spikes in pricing, negotiating preferred pricing with larger companies, and continuing to procure and deliver oil into the refineries with quality and employee safety in mind. They also discuss the value of Ergon’s integrated companies and our ability to provide a level of service and relationship that other companies cannot provide.

CLICK TO WATCH: https://youtu.be/blk4SQQysgw

Thank you, and stay well!

Sew Masks to Help Ergon’s Frontline Workers

Masks have been ordered to protect our frontline workers but, as you know, masks have been in great demand, and we are still waiting for them to be delivered.

Mirror Lake Plaza employees – if you or someone in your family can sew, and if you feel led to do so, donating homemade masks would be a great way to show support for the Ergon Family.

Links to instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as a how-to video from Dr. Laura Vick, a faculty surgeon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, are included below. Please note that Dr. Vick recommends using ties rather than elastic to secure the masks.

CDC RECOMMENDATIONS

HOW-TO VIDEO FROM DR. VICK

You’ll find a box in the break room on the first floor, where you can leave donated masks. Feel free to include an encouraging note, if you would like. Our Environmental, Health & Safety Department will deliver them to facilities.

Thank you!

Podcast: Navigating Uncertain Times 4/13

In today’s podcast, Kris Patrick, COO, and Dr. Alyssa Killebrew, Clinical Psychologist, discuss tips for navigating these uncertain times on these uncharted waters.

If you need help, please reach out to your manager.

CLICK TO LISTEN: https://youtu.be/N6HGDMyPO1A

 

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 4/10

On this Good Friday, Kris provides an update on two COVID-19 cases in the Ergon Family, answers questions about whether Ergon qualifies for federal relief funding, and offers inspiration for the Easter weekend, which will certainly be celebrated differently than in years past.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/yjesiRRhpEA

Kris also shared this link to a story about the Medal of Honor recipient he quoted in today’s message.
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/coronavirus-medal-honor-recipient-gary-beikirch

Daily Update: Podcast with Kris Patrick and Alan Wall 4/7

In today’s podcast, Kris Patrick, Chief Operating Officer, visits with Alan Wall, Chief Financial Officer, about topics including past lessons that are helping us navigate today, Ergon’s financial health, impacts of COVID-19 and crude prices, what to do about your 401(k), and more.

 

CLICK TO LISTEN TO PODCAST: https://youtu.be/JD8_JhDiVQM

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 4/6

In today’s message, Kris discusses Ergon’s comprehensive safety focus, reminding everyone to continue the extraordinary work that has been done in terms of injury reduction. Other topics include:

  • Thanks to the medical community.
  • Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Virus Projections were posted on this site on April 6.
  • Continue social distancing efforts.
  • New podcasts being produced this week will include a financial update from Alan Wall and a session on coping with anxiety.
  • Pray for your coworkers, medical community, first responders and our global community.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/QFAfosPBtQg

Thank you, and stay well!

IHME COVID-19 Projections 4/5

These charts from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation show COVID-19 projections assuming full social distancing through May 2020. Please continue to practice social distancing and all recommended hygiene guidelines.

https://covid19.healthdata.org/projections

 

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 4/5

On this Palm Sunday, Kris reminds us all to keep lifting each other up and extends a thank you to all frontline workers. He reports that the Lampton family consistently asks about your well-being.

  • Continue to prioritize your health and safety. We have one covid-19 confirmed case; others have been quarantined and are currently being tested; no risk of exposure for other employees.
  • Western States Asphalt – Welcome to the Ergon Family!
  • Asphalt footprint continues to grow; will strengthen the foundation of Ergon.
  • Remember our customers are dealing with the new challenges; provide unique solution to meet their needs.
  • Continue to go the extra mile, support communities, etc.
  • Practice Social Distancing!

 

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/UgIzX9MCyqQ

 

Thank you, and stay well!

READ THE ERGON TIMES VOL. 3 ONLINE

The third edition of The Ergon Times is hot off the presses! Read the full desktop version here, or access the mobile version to read on your smartphone.

Safety Summer is Heating Up!


Extreme temperatures can result in severe, and even fatal, injuries and illnesses. This is especially true during June, July and August, when higher temperatures and hotter working conditions result in an increased number of injuries. In fact, more injuries occur during these summer months than any other time.

Temperature is the difference in thermal energy with the human body. The following are just a few of many tips to help reduce the risk of heat-illness to yourself and your coworkers. Stay tuned for webinars, eblasts and more on heat awareness information, brought to you by Ergon’s Environmental, Health & Safety Department.

Beat the Heat Safety Tips

    • Stay hydrated: Drink water.
    • Stay cool: Take breaks in a shaded area.
    • Pace yourself: Avoid over exertion in high temperatures.
    • Stay alert: Slurred speech, heavy sweating, rapid heart rate, high body temperature and irritability are a few of many signs of a heat-related illness. If you observe a coworker showing these symptoms, notify your manager and call 911 immediately.

Watch the video below to learn about the various scenarios in which temperature can impact the body.

New Year, New Times!


The Ergon Times January 2022 issue is here! Copies available at your facility or access digitally here.

 

IT’S HERE! READ THE ERGON TIMES ONLINE – SUMMER 2021

The summer edition of The Ergon Times is hot off the presses! Read the full version here.

EAE Facilities in U.S. and Mexico Recognized for ZERO Recordables!

Congratulations to the Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions (EAE) and Ergon Asfaltos México facilities recently recognized by management for safety achievements including zero recordable injuries and zero lost time injuries for one-, five- and 10-year periods.

In addition to facilities listed below, there are several others approaching safety milestones, including for 15 and 20 years with zero recordable and/or lost time injuries. Awards are typically presented for milestones of 1, 5, 10, 15 and 20 years.

“If you were to combine all the hours worked by employees at our U.S. and Mexico facilities to date, time without recordable injuries totals 213 years, and time without lost time injuries totals 349 years,” said Steve Adams, Senior VP – Operations for EAE. “I am proud of the dedication that has resulted in such safety achievements,” he added.

“We are really proud of the accomplishments of the Ergon family members at these and all of our facilities for continuing to keep our safety culture thriving,” said Kris Patrick, Ergon Chief Operating Officer.

Please join us in congratulating employees at these EAE facilities on a job well done!

10 Years Zero Recordable Injuries
Columbia, TN
Pasco, WA (12 years)

10 Years Zero Lost Time Injuries
Boise, ID (12 years)
Columbia, TN
Pasco, WA – (12 years)
Spokane, WA – Hillyard (12 years)
Spokane, WA – Valley (12 years)

5 Years Zero Recordable Injuries
Boise, ID
Spokane, WA – Valley (nine years)
Progreso, Ergon Asfaltos México

5 Years Zero Lost Time Injuries
Ardmore, OK
Progreso, Ergon Asfaltos México

1 Year Zero Recordable Injuries
Birmingport, AL
Chandler, AZ
Cheyenne, WY
Fontana, CA
Spokane, WA – Hillyard (two years)
Tula, Ergon Asfaltos México
Veracruz, Ergon Asfaltos México
Wolcott, KS

1 Year Zero Lost Time Injuries
Butte, MT
Cheyenne, WY
Tula, Ergon Asfaltos México
Veracruz, Ergon Asfaltos México
Wolcott, KS

 

READ THE ERGON TIMES ONLINE – JANUARY 2021

The latest edition of The Ergon Times is hot off the presses! Read the full version here.

Employee Update from Kris Patrick 1/19/21

Kris Patrick, Ergon COO, shares an update about the impact of COVID-19 on the Ergon organization and information about the vaccine and the survey all employees are asked to complete by January 22.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/nQnOjCLGT6k

Truck Loading Rack Incident – Lessons Learned

Did You Know?
The latest data from OSHA suggests that falls from heights remain the leading cause of workplace fatalities. In 2018, roughly 35% of occupational deaths in the U.S. were caused by falls.

Click to WATCH one Ergon employee’s testimonial and see how he narrowly missed falling from an elevated work platform.

 

The Danger of Falling
Falls from heights are not the most common incidents but are much more likely to result in fatalities than other occupational incidents. While other incidents — such as falling objects, overexertion, or vehicle or machine incidents — are more likely to injure only a part of the body, injuries from falls can easily affect the whole body and vital organs.

 

The chances of surviving a fall from more than 30 feet are low, but even six feet can prove deadly when landing on the wrong body part or surface. Spinal, head and neck injuries are common results of falls, regardless of the height, and can leave the worker severely disabled or lead to death.

 

Waste ZERO Opportunities to Learn

New Year’s Message from COO 12/31/20

Ergon Chief Operating Officer Kris Patrick shares a message about the strength of the company, along with some takeaways from 2020 that will be helpful as we move into 2021.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/9I-oBK9hmBg

Happy New Year, Ergon Family!

The Ergon Pipeline Download Instructions

The Ergon Pipeline is a new communications tool that will bring Ergon news to every employee. The app can be easily downloaded to any smartphone and will put access to company news and important links at your fingertips. In order to share COVID-19 updates with all employees, we are launching the Pipeline a little earlier than our anticipated April date. 

How to Download the Ergon Pipeline

Employee Update: Hurricane Laura and COVID-19 8/28

In today’s message, Kris Patrick, Ergon COO, and Joel Pastorek, Executive Vice President – Midstream & Logistics, provide updates on the impact of Hurricane Laura and COVID-19.

Hurricane Laura Impact:
Thankfully, all employees and their families are safe. Our Trucking facility in Sulphur, Louisiana, did suffer significant damage. Please keep their team in your prayers, as all had some personal property damage and homes will be a total loss for a couple of employees. Other business segments in the area had similar experiences — people are healthy and safe, but we will have to deal with some minor damage.

COVID-19 Update:
We currently have 105 cases throughout the organization. The company is fully operational.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/CNwF9iFkAy4

If you have a need or see opportunities where we can serve, please let us know.
kris.patrick@ergon.com

Employee Update 8/7

In today’s video message, Ergon COO Kris Patrick shares an update on COVID-19. Cases seem to have leveled off, with 90+ cases throughout the organization at this time.

Return-to-Work Policy: We are changing our approach to Ergon’s return-to-work policy based on recommendations from the CDC and medical experts, moving to a time- and symptom-based strategy. Always defer to local leadership for specifics related to your facility. Your health and safety are our top priorities.

We lost one of our own this week. Joe Norwood was part of the Ergon Family for 33 years. Please send your condolences and prayers to Joe’s family. He will be missed.

If you have any questions, contact kris.patrick@ergon.com.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/AQYYwWW6Wck

Daily Update with Paul Young 4/3

In this Daily Update, Paul Young, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services and Ergon’s COVID-19 point person, covers several important topics:

  • Supply needs have been procured for the next few months, including many cases of sanitizer from Texas distillery (that’s not liquor on the table).
  • Employee tests positive; no risk to other employees.
  • Value of knowledge and information sharing as well as working together as One Ergon.
  • Download the Ergon Pipeline app on your smartphone today to stay informed! (Click for instructions.)
  • Behind the scenes, people are working on your behalf every day.
  • Tips for coping during these stressful times.
  • One goal: Health for employees, family, company.

 

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/WUnDxPlChdE

 

Challenge: Write down one thing you are thankful for every day.

Check Your Crossword Answers “Safety Summer” Edition

The first Safety Summer edition of The Ergon Times came complete with our Target Zero Crossword. Check your answers here!

Gloves – PPE Prevents Severe Hand Injury

Did You Know?
As reported in the Occupational Health & Safety online magazine, 70% of hand injuries occur as a result of not wearing safety gloves.

Click to WATCH one Ergon employee’s testimonial and learn how wearing gloves while working can save your hands from irreparable damage.

Gloves for the Ergon Family!
As part of our hand safety focus, Ergon employees should be receiving one pair of work gloves over the next few days. If you can’t use them for yourself, please pass them along to someone else. Promote the importance of hand safety to your coworkers, families and in your communities.
View Finger Injury Toolbox Talk and Discuss With Your Group >>

Employee Update 7/7

In today’s video message, Kris Patrick, Ergon COO, provides updates on COVID-19 and on company operations.

As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in most areas we serve, please remain vigilant and do all you can to protect those around you.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/VGrXeuS23Qs

Thank you.

ERGON COO ISSUES IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE 6/8

Within the last three weeks, there have been four safety-related incidents at Ergon:

  • A track hoe cleaning a drainage area contacted an overhead communication line.
  • A telehandler lowering a suspended load in tight quarters contacted a power line.
  • A manlift contacted a toolbox while lowering.
  • A telehandler backed into a transformer which was located in a staging area on the ground.

Thankfully, no injuries occurred, but all of these incidents could have involved a fatality.

MANAGERS should discuss these events with every frontline employee immediately. We must ensure that these events are communicated to all personnel who deal with heavy equipment in order to prevent future occurrences.

Ergon’s Corporate EHS Department will forward additional information regarding these incidents. Also, a high-value learning event will be conducted and information forwarded for each incident. For now, we are suggesting that the following controls be reviewed to help eliminate these types of events.

  1. Use SPOTTERS when using heavy equipment in locations with overhead power lines and congested work areas.
  2. Update the Job Safety Analysis (JSA) to identify the new work and hazards, if the original job tasks change while work is in progress.
  3. Ensure the correct tools are used for the job task.
  4. Ensure there is signage identifying overhead power lines.
  5. Use physical barriers such as concrete Jersey barriers.
  6. Utilize proximity alarms.
  7. Install utility company controls such as line insulators before work is started.

Remain vigilant. Do everything within your power to ensure that you and your coworkers go home safe and sound at the end of each day.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Kris Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

Employee Update: Construction & Real Estate Segment 6/1

In today’s message, Kris Patrick, COO, and Nathan Witt, Executive VP of Ergon’s Construction & Real Estate Segment, discuss the companies that make up this segment, how they have adjusted to the COVID crisis, challenges they have faced, and Nathan’s outlook for the coming months.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/zTaxFWd8PaA

Thank you.

Video Message for all Ergon Employees

Today’s message is a video created to express how much you are appreciated, especially since the beginning of the pandemic. The way everyone has stepped up to get the job done while still protecting coworkers, families, customers and communities has been a shining example of the heart and strength of this company. It is an honor to be a member of the Ergon Family.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/DDSvm51qMus

Sincerely,

Emmitte Haddox
Chief Executive Officer

There’s no “I” in Target Zero.

It is important to communicate as a team before performing work tasks. Discussing safety (precautions, concerns, etc.) as a group, considering different vantage points and job roles, can help reduce the margin for error and increase the likelihood for every employee to return home safely.

Watch as one Ergon employee explains how teamwork helps promote safety throughout the company.

Always be mindful of safety for yourself and those around you. It takes a team to reach our safety target.

Employee Update: Crude Supply Podcast 5/26

Have you been wondering about what’s happening with crude during these uncertain times and what it means to Ergon and to our customers? In this video podcast, a panel of leaders from Ergon’s Refining & Marketing sector answer questions they have been hearing from customers. Listen in as Jay Coleman, VP – Petroleum Specialties Marketing Division U.S. and Canada, talks with Barton Lampton, VP – General Manager of Ergon Oil Purchasing; Nick Andreychek, Manager – Appalachian Crude Supply, Ergon Oil Purchasing; and Chris Marquette, Senior VP of Ergon’s Petroleum Specialties Marketing Division.

Watch the video here: https://ergonspecialtyoils.com/SecureSupply

Employee Update with Kris Patrick 5/21

In today’s message, Ergon COO Kris Patrick gives updates on COVID-19 and Ergon operations. He provides an introduction to Ergon’s new Culture and Values Campaign, building on the foundation established by Mr. Lampton: reinforcing values and building on momentum we already have, helping us live up to the standard of who we say we are. Kris also reminds us to remember social distancing and other safety precautions as we celebrate Memorial Day, in order to protect ourselves, our families and our coworkers.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/cNsVcdfP5Ug

Thank you!

Mirror Lake Pool Vehicles Returned to Service – Sanitation Guidelines in Effect

Effective immediately, Mirror Lake pool vehicles are available for use contingent upon compliance with the guidelines below. Your safety is our number one priority, and these guidelines have been developed to protect you, your colleagues and your family.

Each pool vehicle has a supply of:

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. These items should remain in the vehicle so they are available for all users. If removed, the vehicle will be taken out of service.
  • Small plastic trash bags. Place all used wipes and sanitation materials in a trash bag, and dispose of that bag when returning the vehicle.

If sanitizing supplies are running low, please notify Tom Holliman immediately.

Be sure to sanitize the following key areas with disinfectant wipes PRIOR TO USE and UPON RETURNING a pool vehicle:

  • Key and key fob/engine start button
  • Steering wheel and controls
  • Center console, compartment latches and cupholders
  • Gear shift
  • Seat belt buckles and locking mechanism
  • Seats and seat adjustment controls
  • Instrument panels and controls (radio, heating/air, etc.)
  • Door panel, armrest and controls
  • Door handles (interior and exterior)
  • Interior rearview mirror and mirror controls
  • Any other high-touch areas

After a vehicle is returned, there will be at least a 24- to 48-hour period before that vehicle is used again (time for heat/sunlight to kill any virus). Just as EHS is doing throughout Mirror Lake Plaza, they will monitor vehicle cleanliness using a Hygiena Meter. Surface samples of the common touch areas will be taken between each use, and cleaning protocols will be adjusted as needed, based on monitoring results.

 If an employee has recently used a company vehicle and develops a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, that employee must notify Tom Holliman (tom.holliman@ergon.com or 601.933.3230) and Michael Gosa (michael.gosa@ergon.com or 601.933.3240) immediately. Michael Gosa will in turn notify Risk Management and EHS. Any vehicle that has been used by a person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 will be removed from the vehicle pool until deep cleaning and sanitizing is performed by a third-party contractor.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Michael Gosa
Vice President – Procurement Services

What Does Zero Mean to You?

Target: Zero Accidents. Zero Regrets.

Safety. It’s a small word that carries many meanings, from properly wearing and maintaining personal protective equipment (PPE) to simply watching your step throughout the day. Though our job titles and responsibilities vary, we can all agree that creating a safe work environment is a top priority.

How are you putting worries to rest? What does safety mean to you, and which steps are you taking to meet the goals of Target Zero? Share your story. >>

Watch what one Ergon employee has to say about what Target Zero means to him…

ZERO EYE INJURIES.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “nearly half of all eye injuries each year occur in and around the home.” While Ergon stresses the importance of proper PPE in the workplace, we want you to be safe at home as well. Accidents can happen anywhere, so it’s best to be prepared everywhere.

Watch as one Ergon employee shares how Target Zero messages prompted him to purchase safety glasses, which protected him from a serious eye injury while working outside his home.



ZERO TIGHT SPOTS

Did you know that out of 100 confined-space fatalities investigated by the NIOSH, the main reasons for entering the space were routine maintenance, repairs and inspections? 

Performing routine tasks is not a carefree work pass. It is important that you continue to refresh your memory on safety precautions for confined-spaced entry and keep safety at the forefront of your daily tasks.

Before reviewing tips for ensuring safety on confined-space work, let’s recap what a confined space is.

A confined space has limited or restricted means of entry or exit and is large enough for an employee to enter fully and perform assigned work but is not designed for continuous occupancy.

DID YOU KNOW PERMITS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY INTO SOME CONFINED SPACES?

A permit-required confined space has one or more of the following conditions:

  • Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
  • Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing an entrant
  • Has an internal configuration such that an entrant could be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor which slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross-section
  • Contains any other serious safety or health hazard

Should you find yourself in the position to have to enter or authorize entry into a confined space, here are five tips to ensure safe entry:

  • Monitor the atmosphere
  • Eliminate or control hazards
  • Ventilate the space
  • Use proper personal protective equipment
  • Maintain up-to-date training

Always remember: Safety first every time.

ZERO ACCIDENTS. ZERO REGRETS.

 

In a chemical laboratory, there are plenty of hazards to be aware of. Injuries such as chemical burns, cuts from broken glass, and slips and falls can be severe.

 

That’s why Ergon emphasizes safe lab practices as a top priority. This includes ensuring every employee or visitor who enters is wearing the right PPE. Not only is a safe lab more efficient and productive — a safe lab ensures you’ll get home, safe and whole, at the end of the day.

 

But don’t take our word for it. Watch Griffin Burk speak about safety from his perspective as Senior Analytical Chemist for Ergon Refining.



You Can’t Lose With LOTO

Zero Shortcuts. Zero Compromises.
Step Up Your Knowledge of Ergon’s LOTO Procedures

Lockout/Tagout procedures explain what employees must know and what steps they must take to effectively and safely control hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance activities.

Types of hazardous energy include but are not limited to:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical
  • Hydraulic
  • Pneumatic
  • Chemical
  • Thermal

Know the Six Steps to LOTO Safety:
1. Prepare for shutdown and notify affected employees.
2. Shut down machine or equipment.
3. Isolate machine or equipment.
4. Apply LOTO devices on the energy isolating device.
5. Release stored or residual energy.
6. Verify isolation or de-energization.

STEP ONE
Prepare for shutdown and notify affected employees.

  • Note type and magnitude of energy
  • Note hazards of the energy to be controlled
  • Assess methods to control energy

STEP TWO
Shut down machine or equipment.

  • Conduct an orderly shutdown to avoid increased hazards
  • Use only established shutdown procedures

STEP THREE
Isolate machine or equipment.

  • Disconnect the energy isolating device
  • Locate all energy isolating devices
  • Position the control lever to the “safe,” “off” or “open” position

STEP FOUR
Apply LOTO devices on the energy isolating device.

  • Make sure the LOTO device is securely attached and working properly

STEP FIVE
Release stored or residual energy.

  • Render machine “safe” by relieving, disconnecting or restraining. If stored energy can reaccumulate, continue to verify isolation.

STEP SIX
Verify isolation or de-energization.
Prior to servicing or maintenance, authorized employee must verify machine has been de-energized:

  1. Confirm that switches, valves and breakers are in the “off” or “safe” position and bleeders are open and not plugged.
  2. Confirm that LOTO devices have been applied to the energy isolating devices.
  3. Confirm that LOTO devices prevent the unsafe movement of the energy isolating devices.
  4. Confirm that all motion has stopped.
  5. Release pressure to zero energy state.
  6. Attempt to start-up machine or equipment.
  7. Use a test instrument (e.g., voltmeter, multi-gas meter, pressure gauge), prior to the start of work.

Temporary Removal for Machine Equipment Testing
Authorized personnel can temporarily remove LOTO devices to re-energize and test machine/equipment when needed. The following steps must be followed:

  1. Clear the machines or equipment of tools and materials.
  2. Remove employees from the machines or equipment area.
  3. Remove the LOTO devices.
  4. Energize and proceed with testing or positioning.
  5. De-energize all systems, isolate the machine/equipment from the energy source, and reapply LOTO devices.

Please approach your safety manager if you have questions or would like more information. Of course, keep an eye on your email and this website for more helpful safety info.

Stay safe as you enjoy fall and football season! Our families are the primary reasons we’re shooting for ZERO ACCIDENTS, ZERO REGRETS throughout the Ergon family of companies.

Zero Moments Missed.

 

At Ergon, our focus on being Number One takes a back seat to our focus on ZERO. That’s our target for injuries throughout the organization.

 

Every day brings another opportunity to work safely so each of us can return home to what we value most — family.

 

Watch the video below to hear how one employee feels about Ergon’s heightened safety efforts since the launch of Target Zero.

 

Procedures Save Lives.

 

Procedures are written for a reason and typically include the safest and most efficient steps for performing a task. Failure to follow proper procedures is a risk you don’t want to take, especially when lives are at stake.

Watch one Ergon employee tell how his coworkers’ failure to follow the Lockout/Tagout (LOTO) procedures of a previous employer resulted in loss of life.

 

What is your role when it comes to Lockout/Tagout? Click here to find out.

LOCKOUT/TAGOUT

Across the industry, serious and sometimes fatal injuries have occurred due to a failure to follow lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures.

The purpose of LOTO is to prevent injury, equipment damage, and “near misses” from the unexpected start-up of equipment or the release of hazardous/stored energy while performing servicing or maintenance.

Who’s Responsible? All of Us!

Everyone has their own responsibilities. Know what yours are!

  Facility Managers/Supervisors        Employees
  • Implement a LOTO program
    appropriate to the facility’s specific needs.
  • Develop written LOTO procedures.
  • Train employees.
  • Conduct periodic
    inspections.
  • Assist in the development of LOTO procedures.
  • Follow the procedures that have
    been developed.
  • Participate in LOTO training.
  • Report any LOTO problems to immediate supervisor.
  • Conduct periodic inspections
    of procedures.

Contractors

  • Requirements must be shared with contractors and other outside personnel involved with LOTO.
  • Contractors must follow the requirements of the facility program.
  • Documentation must be made that contractors have been informed of the requirements.

Using Tags

  • Tags are attached at the same location as locks.
  • Requires authorization from immediate supervisor and notification to all affected employees that tagout is currently in use.
  • Additional means when necessary (e.g. removal of a valve handle).

LOTO Procedures include:

  • Preparation for shutdown and notification of affected employees
  • Machine or equipment shutdown
  • Machine or equipment isolation
  • Lockout/Tagout device application
  • Stored energy
  • Verification of isolation
  • Release from Lockout/Tagout

ZERO SWEAT. ZERO REGRETS.

Dehydration is a legitimate safety issue during the summer. If you’re beginning to get thirsty, you’ve already lost 2-3% of all bodily fluids. Dehydration of only 5% can reduce mental clarity by 30-40%.

The loss of mental clarity can cause a step, curb or slippery surface to go unnoticed and can result in poor judgment calls — which can lead to potentially dangerous scenarios, including sprains, strains or worse. Mental clarity plays a major role in helping to reduce the likelihood of such preventable accidents. When properly hydrated, your mind is clearer, and you can be more careful of your footing and aware of your surroundings.

Here are a few simple steps to keep ahead of the heat and avoid dehydration:

  • Make sure to drink at least 4 oz. of water for every 15 minutes spent working, or 6 oz. if working in a hot and humid environment.
  • Keep it cool! Try placing a cool, damp rag on your neck. A great deal of heat is released from your neck and shoulders.
  • Take a break! Every two hours spent in high temperatures should be compensated for by spending a few minutes in the cool.

Get ahead of the heat and know the signs of dehydration.

Read The Ergon Times Online

We are very proud to present the very first edition of The Ergon Times—TARGET ZERO EDITION. Read the full desktop version here, or access the mobile version to read on your smartphone.

Keep Each Other Safe! Take PPE Seriously.

Wearing the right PPE properly can mean the difference in how you return home to your family each day—safely, luckily, or not at all. Always PPE-check yourself (before you wreck yourself), and look out for others to help ensure zero accidents and zero regrets.

Watch the video below to hear one Ergon employee explain why working safely with the proper PPE is important.

Get a Foothold on Safety

Zero Strains. Zero Sprains.

Strains and sprains are among the most common causes of lost work time and high workers’ compensation costs. In 2018, 46% of Ergon’s recordable injuries were strains and sprains.

In addition to being painful, these injuries can have long recovery periods and may require days away from work, transfers, and/or restricted duty.

Due to sprains and strains in 2018, Ergon employees missed a combined total of 1,678 work days, while others had to work restricted duty or be assigned a different job for 945 days.

Sprain vs. Strain. Know the Difference.

Many things can cause a sprain. Falling, twisting, or getting hit can force your joint out of its normal position which can cause ligaments to stretch or tear.

Sprains usually happen when you:

  • Fall and land on an arm.
  • Fall on the side of your foot.
  • Twist a knee.

A strain happens when you twist or pull a muscle or tendon. They can happen suddenly or develop over days or weeks.

Sudden or acute strains can be caused by:

  • A recent injury.
  • Lifting heavy objects the wrong way.
  • Overstressing muscles.

Chronic strains usually happen when you move the muscles and tendons the same way over and over.

You can help prevent sprains and strains by:

  • Avoiding exercise or playing sports when tired or in pain.
  • Eating a well-balanced diet to keep muscles strong.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Being well-rested.
  • Taking action to prevent falls—use hand rails, watch where you’re going, and don’t text and walk!
  • Wearing shoes that fit well and have proper treads/slip resistance.
  • Using proper lifting techniques.
  • Paying attention to your posture and how you move, especially with repetitive motions.

TARGET ZERO YEAR IN REVIEW

Our number one priority at Ergon has always been for employees to return home safely to their families. That priority has never wavered and will always remain the most important responsibility for everyone.

“We want them to go home safe and whole to their families every day,” said Ray Callahan, Vice President of Ergon’s Environmental Health & Safety Group.

Target Zero was launched in January 2019 as an initiative to encourage every Ergon employee always to be intentional about safety, whether in the corporate office, refineries, production and terminal locations, or on project sites.

We are so proud and appreciative of the collective and consistent efforts of the Ergon family toward our safety goal: Zero Accidents. Zero Regrets. Since the launch of Target Zero, we’ve reached multiple safety milestones across the Ergon companies, thanks to the commitment of employees throughout the organization. Each safety milestone helps us make Target Zero more than just an initiative, but a core value as deeply rooted in the Ergon culture as our commitment to serving others.

Watch the video below to hear members of Ergon’s management teams emphasize the importance of Target Zero and why we will continue to promote safety as our number one priority.

 

Zero Eye Injuries

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), thousands of people are blinded each year by work-related eye injuries. The solution, of course, is as simple as it is effective.

Never turn a blind eye toward workplace hazards. Always wear approved eye and face protection whenever and wherever required.

Proper eye protection should always:

  • Fit securely and be reasonably comfortable to wear
  • Provide unrestrained vision and movement
  • Allow unrestricted functioning of any other required PPE

Common causes for eye injuries include:

  • Flying particles such as welding slag, metallic dust, etc.
  • Splash hazards when pulling samples, loading trucks, mixing product, etc.
  • Impact hazards from pneumatic tools, etc.

Be on the lookout for hazards, and watch out for each other.

Get a Grip on Workplace Safety

Human hands are as vulnerable as they are valuable. Because we use them every day to perform tasks big and small, we’re constantly exposing them to a variety of hazards—especially in the workplace.

At Ergon, 83% of PPE-related injuries are from a lack of hand protection or wearing the wrong hand protection.

At a national level, with the exception of neck and back injuries, hand injuries account for more lost work days than any other accident. What’s more, a study by the National Safety Council recently discovered that the cost of treatment per patient varies wildly, anywhere from $540 to $26,000.

Want to avoid the physical and financial toll of a hand injury? Get a firm grip on workplace safety.

DO:

  • Pay attention to where both hands are placed at all times while working, especially when working with machinery.
  • Wear appropriate gloves to protect against particular hazards.
  • Stretch your hands and fingers from time to time to give tense and tired muscles and tendons a chance to relax.
  • Protect your hands when working with chemicals, hot substances, sharp objects, and other common workplace hand hazards.

DON’T:

  • Use hands to feed material into machines.
  • Use your hands to sweep up wood chips, metal shavings, glass or other sharp objects.
  • Use strong solvents or gasoline to clean your hands.
  • Operate machinery or power tools under the influence of alcohol or drugs, even some prescription drugs.

We applaud everyone’s efforts to being safe and preventing injuries!

Buckle Up. Every Time.

As we continue to implement Target Zero across the Ergon family of companies, we remain focused on the role that PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) plays in keeping employees safe.

Last month, we discussed what’s expected of you when visiting facilities and worksites. But what happens once the visit is over? If you think your responsibility to safety ends the second you turn in your PPE and sign out of the facility, think again.

In 2016, over 37,000 people were killed in car crashes. Of those who lost their lives, 48% were not wearing seatbelts.

While they may not fit the traditional definition of PPE, seatbelts are just as vital, and the consequences of not buckling in are clear: 

  • Wearing your seat belt helps keep you secure inside your vehicle, whereas not being buckled up during a crash can result in being ejected from the vehicle, which is almost always deadly.
  • Air bags are not enough to protect you; in fact, the force of an airbag can seriously injure or even kill you if you’re not buckled up.
  • Improperly wearing a seat belt, such as putting the strap below your arm, puts you and your children at risk in a crash.

The benefits of buckling up are equally clear:

  • If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car, you can reduce your risk of:
    • Fatal injury by 45% (Kahane, 2015)
    • Moderate to critical injury by 50% (NHTSA, 1984)
  • If you buckle up in a light truck, you can reduce your risk of:
    • Fatal injury by 60% (Kahane, 2015)
    • Moderate-to-critical injury by 65% (NHTSA, 1984)

Seatbelts save lives. Set the example:  Don’t start the car until everyone is buckled in.

Getting Serious About PPE

At Ergon, staying safe means dressing safe—and dressing safe requires personal protective equipment (PPE).

For many employees, this statement may feel overfamiliar and unnecessary. Then again, nearly 20% of Ergon’s recordable injuries are PPE-related.

With that in mind, and in honor of the recent launch of Ergon’s new Target Zero safety campaign, let’s take a moment to refresh your memory on the basics of PPE, what’s expected of both employees and management, and why it’s important.

COMMON TYPES OF PPE:

  • Eye and face protection (safety glasses, face shields, welding hoods)
  • Foot and leg protection (slip-resistant boots, safety-toed footwear)
  • Head protection (hard hats)
  • Hearing protection (earplugs, earmuffs)
  • Hand protection (gloves)
  • Respiratory protection (self-contained breathing apparatuses, cartridge respirators)
  • Protective clothing (coveralls, laboratory coats, fire retardant clothing, 100% cotton clothing)

WHAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Properly wearing PPE
  • Attending training sessions on PPE
  • Caring for, cleaning, and maintaining PPE
  • Informing employer of the need to repair or replace PPE

WHAT ERGON IS RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Performing a “hazard assessment” of the workplace to identify and control physical and health hazards
  • Identifying and providing appropriate PPE for employees
  • Training employees in the use and care of the PPE
  • Maintaining PPE, including replacing worn or damaged PPE.

COMMON CAUSES OF PPE FAILURES:

  • Poorly fitted PPE – In order for PPE to work properly, it should fit properly. This is particularly important when working with hazards such as heat, respiratory irritants, and chemicals.
  • Insufficient worker training – Effective worker training should include information on the following:
    • How to inspect PPE
    • When to use PPE
    • How to wear and adjust PPE
    • Limitations of PPE
    • How to remove, maintain, and store PPE safely
    • Identifying and replacing damaged PPE
  • Improper PPE usage – Eye protection can be aggravating and gloves can limit dexterity. Workers often find respiratory protective equipment uncomfortable and feel that it interferes with vision and communication. However, it is important to understand that the proper usage of PPE is essential for worker safety and well-being.

As we continue to roll out Target Zero, it is our hope that employees and managers alike work together to find solutions that send everyone home at the end of the day—safe and sound.

Thank you for your cooperation and stay safe!

Hard Hats Made Easy

Hard hats seem like a no-brainer, don’t they? Unfortunately, head injuries continue to make up a surprising number of workplace injuries each year—injuries that easily could have been prevented by simply wearing the proper headgear.

When you’re on the job, use your head. Protect it with a hard hat. As one Ergon employee can tell you, it might save your life:

Remember to always wear a hard hat in areas where they are required and anywhere you face hazards, such as:

  • Objects falling from above
  • Bumping your head against fixed objects, such as exposed pipes or beams
  • Accidental head contact with electrical hazards

In addition, always notify your supervisor if you notice any of the following defects:

  • Perforation, cracking, or deformity of the brim or shell
  • Damage to suspension webbing
  • Indication of exposure of the brim or shell to heat, chemicals or ultraviolet light and other radiation (in addition to a loss of surface gloss, such signs include chalking or flaking)

Thank you all for making our Target Zero efforts a worthwhile success!

Ergon Terminaling 3 and 0

Ergon Terminaling Completes Three Years With Zero Recordable Incidents

December 12, 2018 — Ergon is proud to announce that Ergon Terminaling, Inc., (ETI) has successfully completed three years without an OSHA recordable incident. This is a testament to the hard work and attention dedicated towards identifying hazards and preventing injuries and is consistent with the company-wide message of valuing each employee as part of the Ergon family.

“When employees value each other as part of one big family, their concern for each other’s well-being is heightened,” said Joel Pastorek, ETI President. “Safety then becomes more than just protocol; it becomes a way of life. ETI is leading the company by example when it comes to safety and I appreciate the efforts of each team member toward the continual goal of zero recordable incidents.”

ETI received the 2018 ILTA Safety Excellence Award for zero recordable incidents and is on a mission to continue pushing safety as the number one priority, knowing the greatest reward will always be employees returning home safely to their families.

Please join us in congratulating ETI on their outstanding safety achievement!

Read the Target Zero Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ergon Launches Company-Wide Safety Campaign:
TARGET ZERO

JACKSON, MISS – Mon., Feb. 11, 2019 Ergon has announced the launch of TARGET ZERO, a new employee engagement program emphasizing health and safety and raising awareness of safety measures in approximately 160 company locations worldwide.

“My goal is to see all employees go home healthy and whole each and every day, and I take this responsibility seriously,” explained Emmitte Haddox, Chief Executive Officer. “Our mission is to have all employees working together to ensure that there are zero accidents.”

According to Kris Patrick, Chief Operating Officer, “Achieving the objectives set forth in TARGET ZERO will require the efforts of ​every​ individual throughout the Ergon family of companies. Regardless of an employee’s title, safety is their job. Each decision must be made with the utmost vigilance and care, ensuring the well-being of not only our staff, but also of the many contractors and visitors to our facilities and the communities in which we serve.”

With more than 3,000 employees in businesses ranging from refineries to asphalt emulsion plants, and from construction to trucking, river and rail transportation, providing a safe work environment has been a primary focus since the company was founded in 1954. During 2018, a number of Ergon companies and facilities were recognized for successful safety efforts, including:

  • Ergon – West Virginia received an American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) Safety Award for having zero recordable injuries in 2017.
  • Several Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions facilities reached one-, five-, 10- and 15-year milestones for zero recordable injuries and zero lost time injuries.
  • Ergon Terminaling successfully completed three years without an OSHA recordable incident. The company also received the 2018 International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) Safety Excellence Award for its exemplary record of zero recordable incidents, among other safety metrics, across seven terminals.

As Charles Lynch, Ergon Terminaling Facility Manager in Knoxville, Tennessee, explained, “Safety is a team effort. From the corporate office to the terminals, we all work together to promote hazard awareness and ensure we are taking the necessary safety precautions. The company sends us safety awareness emails every day, keeping us up-to-date on potential hazards, and we report all safety concerns, no matter how big or small.”

“At Ergon, we truly think of all employees as family,” Haddox added. “And when the person working next to you is family, your concern for their well-being and their concern for you is heightened. TARGET ZERO is evidence of our commitment to make safety priority one for the Ergon family.”

About Ergon:
Ergon is a family-owned company that operates in seven business segments: Refining & Marketing, Specialty Chemicals, Asphalt & Emulsions, Midstream & Logistics, Oil & Gas, Construction & Real Estate, and Corporate.

 

Safety Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions (EA&E) facilities recently recognized by management for safety achievements including zero recordable injuries and zero lost time injuries for one-, five-, 10- and 15-year periods.

Baxter Burns, Asphalt & Emulsions President, and Steve Adams, EA&E Senior Vice President – Operations, have presented plaques and trophies to the 33 facilities on this list and visited with employees to thank them for their commitment to safety. “Employees in facilities that have five years or more with zero recordable and/or lost time injuries received special hardhats with decals commemorating their achievements. Jackets are being presented to employees at the Birmingport, Alabama; Chandler, Arizona; El Dorado, Wolcott, and Dodge City, Kansas, plants in recognition of their impressive 10- and 15-year records of zero recordable injuries,” commented Baxter.

“The man hours accounted for just in the list of zero recordable injuries total approximately 1.25 million — that’s equivalent to 600 people working for one full year without a single recordable injury,” Steve added. “That figure doesn’t include overtime or all of the marketing hours worked. I cannot stress enough just how proud I am of the dedication and hard work these achievements represent. It truly is a testament to the dedication and attention to safety throughout our workforce.”

Ergon A&E has just over 50 locations in the U.S. and Mexico and approximately 500 operational employees. The Mexico facilities were not included in 2018 figures, but they will be on the 2019 list.

Safety has always been a top priority for the Ergon companies, and even more emphasis will be placed on a commitment to safe work environments moving forward.

Please join us in congratulating these facilities on a job well done!

15 Year Zero Recordable Injuries
El Dorado, Kansas

15 Year Zero Lost Time Injuries
Birmingport, Alabama
El Dorado, Kansas
Lawton, Oklahoma

10 Year Zero Recordable Injuries
Birmingport, Alabama
Chandler, Arizona
Dodge City, Kansas
Wolcott, Kansas

10 Year Zero Lost Time Injuries
Austin, Texas
Chandler, Arizona
Dodge City, Kansas
Halstead, Kansas
Saginaw, Texas
Wolcott, Kansas

5 Year Zero Recordable Injuries
Columbia, Tennessee
Salina, Kansas
San Antonio, Texas
Temple, Texas
Wilson, North Carolina

5 Year Zero Lost Time Injuries
Columbia, Tennessee
Ennis, Texas
Roswell, New Mexico
Salina, Kansas
San Antonio, Texas
Temple, Texas
Wilson, North Carolina

1 Year Zero Recordable Injuries
Catoosa, Oklahoma
Corpus Christi, Texas
Fontana, California
Garden City, Georgia
Las Vegas, Nevada
Little Rock, Arkansas
Henderson, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Memphis, Tennessee
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Parsons, Tennessee
Yellow Creek, Mississippi

1 Year Zero Lost Time Injuries
Ardmore, Oklahoma
Catoosa, Oklahoma
Corpus Christi, Texas
Fontana, California
Garden City, Georgia
Las Vegas, Nevada
Little Rock, Arkansas
Henderson, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Memphis, Tennessee
Mt. Pleasant, Texas
Nashville, Tennessee
Parsons, Tennessee
Pleasanton, Texas
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Yellow Creek, Mississippi

Ground Zero For Safety Tips

This Target Zero website will be updated regularly with news, videos, items of interest and more—including plenty of safety tips like this one about the importance of protective clothing and PPE.

Zeroing In On Vicksburg Refining

Large-format graphics will soon be installed at some of Ergon’s larger facilities. Ergon Refining, Inc. in Vicksburg, Mississippi, agreed to be our “pilot plant” for testing materials and ironing out installation challenges. Check out a few pics of the process…

Watch The TZ Launch Video

Message to Employees Affected by Shelter-in-Place Mandates 3/22

Urgent message from Kris Patrick for all essential operational employees regarding shelter-in-place orders.

 

Click this link to watch video:

https://youtu.be/T6dIck09UHU

Thank you.

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 4/2

In today’s message, Kris thanks all of Ergon’s front line workers. Other topics include:

  • A reminder to listen to the 4/1 EHS podcast on hygiene and safety efforts (you can find it posted on the Ergon Pipeline and on ErgonTargetZero.com).
  • Thanks to Procurement for supply solutions; reach out to Michael Gosa if you have a need.
  • Shelter-in-Place Orders in Mississippi and Mexico do not impact Ergon functions/operations.
  • ERI Turnaround continues to progress.
  • Please pray for Magnolia Marine boat employees who are not feeling well. They are quarantined and being tested. Thanks to Stan Humphreys and his team for the way you are handling this situation.
  • Please do your part to slow this virus spread!

 

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/fd0tYxNm3Sg

 

Link to the Coronavirus letter Kris reads in the video: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/coronavirus-letter-american-tom-frieden

 

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 4/1

In today’s Daily Update, Kris Patrick, Chief Operating Officer; visits with Ray Callahan, Vice President – Environmental, Health & Safety; and James Upton, Health & Safety Manager. They cover topics including how Ergon’s EHS Department is helping combat COVID-19, how the Dupont Bradley curve applies, and the role of the new Hygiene Monitors.

LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZNDMlN28ag

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update with Bill Lampton and Kris Patrick 3/31

Please take a few moments to listen to today’s message from Bill Lampton and Kris Patrick, including updates about COVID-19 and some great advice on handling this situation and protecting yourself and others.

Thank you, and stay safe!

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/1aUp_J2miYQ

 

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 3/30

In today’s message, Kris thanks the Ergon employees in manufacturing, storage, transportation and other roles who are keeping us operational. Additional topics include:

  • EHS will be implementing hygiene plans across Ergon companies.
  • No COVID-19 positive cases to date. Communications about this will be proactive and transparent.
  • National social distancing guidelines have been extended until the end of April.
  • Look forward to safety and financial updates from different people this week.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/GuKvdG5OAyo

Challenges:
Learn and adapt – think about ways you can accomplish business tasks effectively. 

Continue to check on each other and our customers. 

 Keep up the good work!

COVID-19 RESOURCES

Following are links to articles and resources for useful information related to COVID-19:

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
Updated 4/1/20
https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website
https://www.coronavirus.gov/

CDC Recommendations, Resources and Updated Case Map
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDC Recommendations for Managing Anxiety & Stress
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Former CDC Chief Dr. Tom Frieden: Coronavirus Straight Talk:
The Letter That Should be Sent to Every American
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/coronavirus-letter-american-tom-frieden

Washington Post Article: Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
Memo on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response
http://intrafile.ergon.corp/departmentData/Mirror%20Lake/ID-Operations/fileUploads/CISA-Guidance-on-Essential-Critical-Infrastructure-Workers-1-20-508c.pdf

Daily Update with Kris Patrick 3/28

In today’s message, Kris reminds us to thank healthcare workers. Some important topics he covers include:

  • Ergon is operational across the board.
  • No reported cases of COVID-19, but a few employees are quarantined.
  • Practice social distancing and good hygiene – remember those who are most vulnerable.
  • Thank you to Ergon EHS for the hard work implementing plans at our facilities.
  • EHS will implement a hygiene plan at Mirror Lake next week.
  • Stay tuned for different types of updates to come next week.

 

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/qGri0NxECK0

 

Challenge: Don’t worry about what you can’t control; think about what we can do.

Thank you, and stay well!

 

Daily Update with Kris Patrick and Lance Puckett 3/27

In today’s message, Kris and Lance take a moment to salute employees working on the front lines and then discuss the following:

  • Update on Ergon – West Virginia.
  • Update on Ergon Refining turnaround and impact of the three-day shutdown.
  • How COVID-19 impacts short- and long-term demand trends for EWV and ERI products.
  • Thoughts on how Mr. Lampton would handle this situation: “He would make sure we kept our empathy for those who are going through tougher times than we are.”
  • Prayer for a Pandemic.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/mvDy7zuKWr4

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update from Kris Patrick 3/26

In today’s message, Kris reminds managers to provide guidelines and update employees on operations and business continuity. He reminds us all to show grace and understanding, recognizing that our coworkers are dealing with challenging circumstances. He reflects on what Mr. Lampton would say about this situation and what message he would have for us in these circumstances. And he wonders, where are all the napkins?

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/a3DzCQqMeAg

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update from Kris Patrick 3/25

In today’s update, Kris shares important information about ERI, thoughts about communications with customers and critical suppliers, and a very important message about reporting to work during this time.

 

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/dS4PHQbnbSU

 

Thank you, and stay well!

Daily Update: Podcast with Ergon A&E 3/24

In today’s podcast, Kris Patrick visits with Baxter Burns, Patrick Nation and Steve Adams about the state of Ergon A&E, current product demand, what we are doing to take care of employees, the importance of serving our communities, and some great advice for the entire Ergon Family on handling stress in times like these.

 

LINK TO PODCAST HERE: https://youtu.be/c8Iw8_otpTk

 

Thank you, and stay well!

 

NOTE: To access all Ergon news, download The Ergon Pipeline app today. You’ll find the link and complete instructions on the home page of this Ergon Target Zero website.

Daily Update from Kris Patrick 3/23

In today’s message, Kris shares information about the ERI turnaround and a document essential employees should have received on 3/23 regarding their right to travel. He also answers some questions submitted by employees.

 

CLICK THIS LINK TO WATCH VIDEO: https://youtu.be/e5VZAlB02Jw

 

Thank you, and stay well!

Ergon Terminaling ILTA Award

Ergon Terminaling Receives 2018 ILTA Safety Excellence Award

Ergon Terminaling, Inc., (ETI) recently received the 2018 International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) Safety Excellence Award for its exemplary record of zero recordable incidents, among other safety metrics, across seven terminals.

This accomplishment is evidence of the effectiveness of ETI’s Target Zero campaign. Launched in 2016, the goal for this campaign is to increase hazard awareness and promote individual safety ownership in order to achieve zero recordable incidents and zero lost time events.

When asked how ETI works together to meet this goal, Charles Lynch, Facility Manager – ETI Knoxville, Tennessee, said, “Safety is a team effort. From the corporate office to the terminals, we all work together to promote hazard awareness and ensure we are taking the necessary safety precautions. We receive safety awareness emails every day that keep us up-to-date on potential hazards we may face, and we report all safety concerns, no matter how big or small.”

To date, ETI has gone 2.5 years with zero recordable incidents and looks forward to many more years of hitting Target Zero.

“ILTA is an international organization that is made up of a global network of terminaling companies, so it is a privilege for Ergon Terminaling to be recognized amongst our industry peers for our focus on safety,” said Joel Pastorek, ETI President. “This recognition validates the efforts that each person has contributed to making safety personal, which at its core, means protecting each team member so they can return home to their families.”

Please join us in congratulating the ETI team on their accomplishment.

 

Daily Update from Kris Patrick 3/22

In today’s message, Kris Patrick, COO, shares an update about Ergon Refining, the importance of knowledge sharing across facilities, information about a travel document that may be available soon for those who need to travel, and appreciation from the Lampton Family and Emmitte Haddox, Ergon CEO.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO.

A Challenge from Kris:
Let’s not focus on what we can’t do. Let’s spend this week thinking about what we can do.

Daily Update from Kris Patrick 3/21

In today’s message, Kris Patrick, Ergon COO, provides an update on operations at Ergon Refining, information about social distancing and our responsibility to protect ourselves and those around us, and information regarding why Ergon and companies like ours continue to operate during the COVID-19 response.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO.

Thank you, and stay well.

Daily Update from Kris Patrick 3/20

Click Read More below to access the link to today’s update, with an important message from Kris Patrick, Ergon Chief Operating Officer.

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN.

Message for the Ergon Family

Lee Lampton and Kris Patrick share a message about Ergon’s response to COVID-19.

CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO.

COVID-19 Q&A With a Healthcare Professional

Listen in as Kris Patrick, Ergon COO, discusses the Coronavirus with Dr. Jennifer Bryan, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi State Medical Association. They share lots of important information about protecting yourself and the ones you love from the virus, what to do if you exhibit symptoms, and more.

Click here for the Podcast.

COVID-19 VIDEO: A Conversation with Kris Patrick and Paul Young

This video was created to update you on Ergon’s response to COVID-19, measures we are taking to protect our employees, families, the communities in which we serve, and the company upon which we all depend.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO.

Please take a few moments to watch this video. If you have any unanswered questions, reach out to your supervisor, and we will see that they are answered.

Managers, be sure any employees who do not have access to email know to watch this video.

Thank you, and stay well.

Kris Patrick
Chief Operating Officer

COVID-19 UPDATE

March 12, 2020

The health and well-being of our employees is the top priority for Ergon, and we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID–19) and its potential impacts. Our goal is to have every employee return home safely at the end of each day. We will post important updates to this Target Zero website and the Ergon Intranet to keep you informed.

Precautions
We ask that you help minimize the spread of COVID–19, as well as other viruses, by practicing careful hygiene measures, including frequent hand washing and sanitizing. Also, please cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue and wash your hands immediately.

If you believe you have been exposed to any flu-like virus and/or have related symptoms — specifically fever, cough and difficulty breathing — please stay home from work and seek medical attention immediately.

In any area or city where there have been COVID–19 infections, use the following precautions:

  • Maintain social distancing of at least three feet.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Travel Restrictions
Based on review of recommendations from the U.S. State Department, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and World Health Organization (WHO), Ergon recommends the following:

Obtain permission from Facility Managers prior to visiting any Ergon sites until further notice.

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

  • Travel to/from China, South Korea, Iran, and all European countries including Great Britain is prohibited.
  • All international travel to areas without current prohibitions requires leadership approval.
  • All personnel returning from international business travel will be paid to work at home for 14 days prior to returning to work. Employees who travel internationally or cruise on personal time must check with their supervisor or Human Resources to determine if working from home is a viable option or whether sick leave/vacation will be required during the quarantine.

DOMESTIC TRAVEL

  • Obtain permission from Facility Managers prior to visiting any Ergon sites until further notice.
  • Avoid travel to areas in the U.S. where cases of Coronavirus have been identified. If you must travel to those areas, notify your manager.
  • Minimize domestic air travel by conducting essential/critical travel only. Travel by car instead of rail or plane when feasible.
  • Minimize numbers of travelers.
  • Employees may opt out of international and domestic travel without penalty if they believe the risk is too high.

Large Meetings/Conferences

  • Avoid participation in large meetings/conferences unless critical.
  • Limit the number of attendees at large meetings/conferences if participation is critical.
  • Do not attend large meetings/conferences if you are at higher risk for Coronavirus (over 60, certain health conditions, weakened immune systems, pregnant).
  • Maintain social distancing of at least three feet when possible, do not shake hands, and follow all precautions previously described.
  • Do not attend events if you are sick.

Other Recommendations

  • Check with customers before traveling to their facilities to understand any restrictions they may have.
  • Use video conferencing when possible to minimize the need for travel.
  • Do not allow outside vendors or visitors to your location unless critical.

Personal Travel Recommendations

  • Minimize discretionary travel.
  • Inform your supervisor of personal travel plans.
  • Ask permission from your supervisor to return to work after personal international travel, cruises or domestic travel to higher risk areas.
  • Inform your supervisor if you believe you may have been exposed to Coronavirus.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact your supervisor or Facility Manager.

We encourage you to visit cdc.gov for complete information and ongoing updates. Other useful websites include:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/novel-coronavirus-hubei-province–china.html

https://infographics.channelnewsasia.com/covid-19/map.html

Read The Ergon Times Online

The second edition of The Ergon Times is hot off the presses! Read the full desktop version here, or access the mobile version to read on your smartphone.

Check Your Crossword Answers

The first 2020 edition of The Ergon Times came complete with our very first Target Zero Crossword. Want to check your answers? Click here to view our handy answer key PDF!

ZERO TIGHT SPOTS, Pt. 2

As previously discussed, about 2.1 million workers enter confined spaces each year. Add to that number the many individuals who assist, supervise, and, if necessary, rescue those in confined spaces, and it’s easy to see just how involved this line of work is. 

When working on confined-space jobs, your life and the lives of others depends on you being on your post. That’s why understanding the various roles associated with confined space entry is vitally important to staying safe on the job. And for those who don’t work directly in confined spaces, it is just as important for you to know the various roles so you can recognize and report if you see unsafe practices.

So, how well do you know these roles?

ENTRY SUPERVISOR
The person responsible for:

  • Determining if acceptable entry conditions are present
  • Authorizing entry and overseeing operations
  • Terminating entry, if necessary

AUTHORIZED ENTRANT
An employee who:

  • Is authorized by the employer to enter a permit space
  • Uses correct PPE, as required
  • Maintains contact with the attendant stationed outside the confined space

ATTENDANT (HOLE WATCH)
An individual who:

  • Remains stationed outside one or more permit spaces
  • Monitors the authorized entrants and conditions of the space or spaces
  • Is prepared to call for emergency help, if needed

RESCUE TEAM

  • The personnel designated to rescue employees from permit-required confined spaces

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), approximately 60% of confined-space fatalities are rescuers. This just goes to show how important every person’s role is to overall safety on these jobs.

With everyone being intentional about safety, the risk for fatalities is reduced. So, know the roles and play your part to ensure zero regrets.