Safety and Training


Safety is a top priority at TECO, and its safety record reflects its success. In January 2019, TECO set a new safety record: It marked four years – 718,116 hours – worked without a lost-time incident. (And it has extended that record to today.)

Safety culture. TECO embraces a safety culture, rewarding safe behavior and encouraging safety suggestions. Although TECO has a safety committee, TECO considers safety to be everyone’s responsibility. Each person has a responsibility to themselves, to each other and to TECO to work safely at all times.

Employee involvement. TECO encourages employees to suggest safety improvements year-round. Employees vote on the suggestions monthly, with the top three vote-getters receiving a cash award. An annual winner is recognized at the annual safety and award banquet and receives a bonus.

Ongoing safety training. The company conducts regularly scheduled industrial safety training such as hot work space, personal protective equipment, fire protection, etc. to ensure safety remains top of mind. It also conducts forklift training.

Emergency management coordination. In addition, local firefighters make regular rounds at TECO. TECO also has a close relationship with Harris County’s emergency management personnel, meeting with them twice a year plus holding drills.


TECO has a full-time training manager to oversee and provide on-site training and has an on-site training center. It aims for continuous improvement by investing in employee training and reimbursing education costs, on- and off-site. It shows employees they are valued, instills confidence, improves performance and makes advancement and mobility possible within the company.

Equipment training. Although training has always been important at TECO, it became paramount to system reliability and efficiency when TECP added more than 700 pieces of new equipment during its 2007-2011 expansion. In early 2009 the company began developing an extensive new Operator Training and Certification Program and rolled it out in late-2009. From late 2009 to mid-2011, multiple levels of personnel completed 14,280 hours of training on new equipment during normal and extended hours. 

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