Health & Safety Management System
Health and Safety (H&S) are integral parts of Cheniere’s core values and vision to deliver clean, secure, and affordable energy to the world. Our mission statement calls for ensuring “safe, reliable, and efficient operations.” Our constant goal is for our employees, contractors, offices and operational assets to be 100 percent safe and incident free.
Cheniere's LNG terminals and pipelines are designed to meet or exceed U.S. federal codes and standards. Cheniere’s business is conducted in accordance to applicable local, state, and federal regulations governing our offices and operational assets in the United States and elsewhere. H&S programs at Cheniere are under the accountability of the Senior Vice President of Operations and ingrained as part of our corporate culture at all levels of the organization. Cheniere’s H&S policy can be found here.
In support of the H&S policy, key H&S standards and procedures are in place and implemented which include:
Risk Management Standard and Procedure: The Risk Management Standard and Procedure provides business units and functions with the requirements that shall be applied consistently to ensure the implementation and execution of the risk management process throughout the life cycle of the facility from conceptual design through decommissioning. A risk matrix is implemented which facilitates the analysis, assessment and categorization of identified risks across the company's assets.
Management of Change Standard and Procedure: The purpose of a management of change (MOC) process is to identify potential hazards that a change can introduce, assess the risks associated with these hazards, and systematically address them. Any change to the asset, processes or people may introduce risk. In addition, changes can have unintended or unsuspected consequences. The published MOC procedure will define the process to manage any changes from conception through implementation, and is essential in identifying foreseeable potential hazards and managing the associated risks.
Incident Management Standard and Procedure: The standard establishes the incident management requirements and the procedure defines the requirements to record and manage the incidents to closure that occur across Cheniere, inclusive of near-misses and key lessons learned.
Process Safety Management Standard: Cheniere’s process safety management (PSM) model is applicable across the lifecycle of assets and activities within Cheniere. The Cheniere PSM model is a risk-based approach. Support tools, such as process hazard analysis (PHA), and processes such as risk management, drive the systematic and detailed identification and evaluation of risk events. This standard establishes the process to define what controls are required to prevent or mitigate unplanned or uncontrolled releases of hazardous materials. The PSM model covers the responsibilities of stakeholders to implement and manage these controls, including aspects of design, construction, operations and maintenance.
Process Hazard Analysis (PHA): This standard shall apply to the entire lifecycle of Cheniere’s activities, processes and products, including planning, development, operations, closure, marketing and acquisitions and divestments. Partners, suppliers and contractors are encouraged to adopt this standard.
H&S Performance Reporting: The goal of the performance reports is to document, review and report on H&S key performance indicators (KPIs) against established targets in order to identify trends requiring improvement and to maintain communication with Cheniere’s management on H&S performance metrics. Monthly reports of key KPIs are generated and distributed to management. Quarterly reports are provided to the Board of Directors.
H&S Assurance Standard: The standard establishes the approach and requirements to assess, verify, and identify opportunities to improve existing H&S processes and conformance to published H&S core processes. Management's review and implementation of identified corrective action items and their engagement in the overall H&S assurance is critical to building sustainable H&S management system process controls. The H&S assurance standard shall utilize a three-phased methodology:
- Phase I: Self-Assessments
- Phase II: Functional Verification/Reviews
- Phase III: Internal H&S Audits