Western Refining's 128,000 bpd refinery in El Paso, Texas, is
the recipient of Total Safety's safety innovation
award for its approach to improving safety within the
workplace, officials said on Wednesday.
Western Refining is an independent oil
refiner and marketer, headquartered in El Paso. The company
operates mostly in the southwestern and western US.
Total Safety, a leading global company with integrated
industrial safety services, said it awards its safety
innovation award to companies that make incredible and
cutting-edge advancements in areas of safety. David Johnson,
sales manager of professional and technical services, Total
Safety, nominated Western Refining for the award.
"Western Refining's innovative approach to safety is
apparent through its use of pilot projects designed to increase worker
safety. In this industry, 'change' can be difficult to
implement, especially when it comes to safety policies and
procedures, but Western Refining actively seeks out ways to
improve its safety culture," said Mr. Johnson.
Total Safety's centralized confined space monitoring system
(CCSMS), a new technology designed to improve
safety within permit-required confined spaces, has been
implemented as a pilot project for a number of refineries
to increase worker safety.
The CCSMS utilizes a central control center that
continuously identifies workers within permit-required confined
spaces; maintains visual contact and a clear line of two-way
communication with workers inside and outside the permit space;
monitors the atmosphere of the permit space for toxic or
dangerous gases; and sounds appropriate alarms if an incident
More details on the program can be found at Total Safety's website.