EnLink maintains the highest regard for the health and safety of our employees, contractors, customers, and communities where we operate. Our award-winning Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) program focuses on mitigating risk, increasing knowledge and skills, improving processes, and measuring performance.
We invest substantial resources to ensure the integrity and impact of our EHS efforts and follow comprehensive environmental and safety practices, in addition to all applicable laws and regulations.
Employee and Leadership Responsibility
EnLink is committed to providing safe, responsible, and ethical operations. As part of this commitment, companywide safety goals are included in EnLink's Short-Term Incentive Program via an Environmental, Health, and Safety Scorecard, which became the Safety and Sustainability Scorecard in 2021 (click here to learn more about our incentive program).
The scorecard promotes our safety-centric culture by measuring key performance indicators focused on risk management, compliance, process improvement, and employee knowledge and development. Progress is reported to employees during monthly safety meetings, discussed in quarterly all employee calls, and available via our employee intranet.
Our EHS team hosts safety training sessions each month, with attendance required for employees based on their job position. Employees are assessed against a set of established and measurable safety goals each quarter, and EnLink reinforces the power of all employees to ensure the safety of operations, as every employee on an active jobsite has stop-work authority to use at their discretion.
Contractor Safety and EHS Risk Identification and Audits
EnLink extends our safety focus to those we partner with, including our contractors. This starts with our contractor selection process, which focuses on safety performance. Contractors are required to complete EnLink’s safety training, as well as site-specific orientation prior to working alongside our employees and in our operational facilities.
EnLink utilizes process hazard analyses, pre-job tailgate meetings, contractor inspections, and incident investigations to identify and mitigate work hazards throughout each phase of new projects and existing operations. EnLink and our contractors are required to follow all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations, in addition to EnLink EHS, operations, and construction standards and procedures for identifying and communicating risks.
We frequently evaluate the effectiveness and controls of this program, with over 400 EHS audits and inspections completed in 2020.
GoalZERO Program Launch and Safety Achievements
EnLink has long been a safety-first organization. To further this commitment, EnLink launched our “GoalZERO” program in 2020, providing tools and encouragement to help employees always strive for zero injuries, zero vehicle accidents, zero line strikes, zero fires, and zero spills. To aid in this goal, EnLink implemented new process improvements, trainings, and a companywide communication campaign focused on employee education, engagement, and recognition.
One such process improvement is EnLink’s “Take 2, Ask 3” initiative, which encourages employees to take just two minutes to ask three important safety questions before starting any task: “What can go wrong? What precautions should I take? Can I do this job safely?”
The program has been highly successful, resulting in EnLink receiving national safety recognition by winning the 2020 Chairman’s Award for Safety Improvement from the GPA Midstream Association, an industry organization representing nearly 100 natural gas processors. The award is given to select companies that have improved safety performance over previous years – a testament to EnLink’s commitment to continuous improvement and a GoalZERO mindset.
Additional 2020 GoalZERO achievements include:
- Lowest Total Recordable Incident Rate (TRIR) in EnLink history of 0.47, which is a 43% improvement from EnLink’s 2019 TRIR and 34% better than the 2020 GPA Midstream Division One¹ TRIR average of 0.715
- 187 consecutive days without a recordable injury – a new company record
- Lowest Preventable Vehicle Accident Rate (PVAR) in EnLink history of 1.17, which is a 40% improvement from 2019
- ZERO Heavy Duty Fleet Preventable Vehicle Accidents - in a year when over 4.5 million miles were driven by our heavy-duty fleet
- Awarded the 2020 Chemical Transportation Safety Pinnacle Award from Union Pacific Railroad in recognition of EnLink’s commitment to safety best practices; the award is given to companies that have zero non-accident releases (NARs) in a year in which they moved at least 100 rail cars
Public Safety and 811
Pipelines have a safety record well in excess of any other mode of transporting petroleum and natural gas products. EnLink operates our pipelines and facilities safely, reliably, and with a focus on environmental stewardship. Through our Public Awareness Program, we provide information about EnLink’s operations and safety initiatives to community members who live and work near our pipelines and facilities. We develop and distribute customized information packets each year to local communities, schools, public officials, excavation contractors, and emergency responders. To promote pipeline safety, EnLink participated in almost 100 virtual public awareness meetings in communities across our asset base in 2020.
EnLink also regularly promotes digging safety through our partnership with the Common Ground Alliance, an association of underground utility companies and organizations committed to underground infrastructure safety. The Common Ground Alliance promotes the national “811” call-before-you-dig phone number, which helps professionals and homeowners safely complete digging projects by connecting them with a local “one call center” that can identify and mark approximate locations of underground utility lines. Once lines are flagged, the project may be commenced, and underground lines can be safely avoided while digging. In 2020, EnLink cleared over 113,000 tickets assigned to the company via the 811 system, with 99.99% of these tickets cleared on time.
On the road, we utilize control systems such as in-cab vehicle surveillance, telematics, overfill protection, and speed governors to promote and protect the safety of our employees and local communities. We also work closely with the National Safety Council to provide driver training to company drivers.
- The GPA Midstream Association classifies companies that complete 1 million or more midstream operational workhours in one year as Division 1. EnLink falls in this category.
This webpage is part of EnLink's 2020 Sustainability Report, published May 4, 2021, and reflects content from and as of such date.