CITGO Petroleum Corp. saw significant improvements in its refining safety performance in 2011 with both 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.
CITGO excelled in these two safety metrics with results significantly lower than the refining industry average, according to figures released by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM).
The CITGO refining TRIR dropped from 0.41 in 2010 to 0.16 in 2011. Similarly, the CITGO refining DART fell from 0.16 in 2010 to 0.08 in 2011.
In May 2012, AFPM recognized CITGO with eight awards for its safety achievements in 2011. The awards included three Meritorious Safety Performance Awards, one for each of the three CITGO refineries. CITGO was also recognized with five Achievement Awards.
Alejandro Granado, CITGO president and CEO, said his company tries to make sure his employees’ safety and well-being are priorities.
“These results show that at CITGO, we truly have a culture of safety and those practices are integrated into everything we do,” Granado said. He said both personal safety and process safety are important to the work environment. “Therefore, we take a holistic approach with a strong commitment to continuous improvement practices and have adjusted our internal safety index metrics accordingly.”