Safety is our priority
After more than 50 years of operation in Taranaki, STOS has set benchmark operational and safety standards for the New Zealand oil and gas industry.
That standard is encapsulated in our 'Goal Zero' principle which stands for 'no harm to people and protect the environment'.
Safety simply takes priority in all STOS operations. For example, it is company policy that all staff and contractors are empowered to stop any work they consider unsafe. That's because everyone working for STOS has been trained to eliminate or protect against situations that could lead to personal injury, occupational illness or damage to the environment.
Consistent with our commitment to sustainable development (defined as 'meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs'), STOS has a systematic approach to health, safety, security and environmental management to enable us to achieve continuous improvement in performance.
Staff safety training is given high priority at STOS. Key personnel regularly undertake HSE training in New Zealand and overseas to ensure they stay informed about current trends and practices. STOS personnel also have ready access to Shell's global expertise and resources.
We have regular site and office-based HSE meetings and have a company-wide Safety Day every year.
STOS also actively works with government agencies such as the Accident Compensation Corporation, Department of Labour (OSH) , Maritime New Zealand , and the Land Transport Safety Authority to help improve HSE performance throughout Taranaki and New Zealand.
Protect the environment
Goal Zero is our aim - no harm to people and protect the environment.
To ensure we achieve Goal Zero, all STOS facilities operate under a certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and Shell global environmental standards.
Because our attitude is to make continuous improvements in our environmental performance, we are always undertaking new initiatives. Presently, we are implementing a company-wide waste reduction programme. Our targeted activities are: gas venting, flaring, paper wastage and energy use.
STOS has robust emergency response planning in place. Stringent measures are taken to prevent a major accident, but should one occur, our robust contingency plan ensures we can:
- Respond quickly and minimise any potential impact
- Advise and work with local and national authorities who would be involved in the incident and return operations back to normal as quickly as possible
STOS places a strong emphasis on employee health and well-being. We believe it is vital to our people's success. Our Occupational Health Team provides STOS staff with information, health services and support to help raise awareness about health and well-being issues, and ensure people are fit to work.