Safety and Training

5+ years safe! 897,645+ hours worked with no lost-time incidentsSafety

Safety is a top priority at TECO, and its safety record reflects its success. In late May, TECO employees marked 359,058 hours – two full years – worked without a recordable incident. In January 2020, TECO set a new safety record: It marked five years – 897,645 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.

Training

TECO has a full-time training staff 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.

Operations training. Since implementing the original Operator Training and Certification Program at TECO, the training program has expanded to include initial operator training for new hires and recurring operator training for all operators. The operations training program is expanding to include all equipment at TECO’s Central Plant (including the East Chiller Building), South Main Plant and UTHealth’s Research Park Energy Plant.

Maintenance training. After successfully developing an operations training program, the training staff is focusing on developing a similar maintenance training and qualification program for all maintenance personnel.

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