Safety and Health

Safety and Health: Dakota Gas Responsible Care

Our people are the reason we are successful and we take their well-being seriously.

For more than 40 years, Basin Electric and its subsidiaries have claimed one of the lowest incidents of lost-work-day injuries in the energy industry. A safe work environment, an active safety awareness program and a hands-on safety training are integral parts of what Basin Electric is: a company that values its people.

Because we value each of our employees and his or her contributions toward making clean, affordable energy for rural America, we continue our tradition of upholding a corporate commitment to ensure employee safety and promote health and wellness at all facilities.

Our Power, My Safety

Basin Electric is using Caterpillar Safety Services Zero-Incident Performance (ZIP™) process to give Basin Electric’s employees and management the framework within which to create a culture of safety.

Basin Electric’s campaign is called Our Power, My Safety. The ultimate goal is to build a safety culture where managers and supervisors are visibly committed, involved and performance-focused; employees are actively participating; and the system is flexible and perceived in a positive light.

Disaster recovery

Basin Electric Power Cooperative and its subsidiary facilities have designated Disaster Recovery committees, response teams and procedures that address different types of disaster scenarios. Some of these teams include special hazardous materials (HAZ-MAT) and firefighters who are trained to respond to specific situations involving hazardous materials. Other disaster recovery efforts include first alert and first-responder procedures, notification and coordination with local and state emergency agencies, and training and education in conjunction with facility safety committees. All employees participate in periodic fire, tornado and other emergency drills.

Facility safety committees

Each facility has a safety committee that meets either monthly or quarterly. The committee is made up of staff employees and hourly employees. Their mission is to address safety and health issues, perform safety audits, and review safety and health procedures.

Facility safety meetings

The power plants and subsidiary facilities have a regularly scheduled all-plant safety meeting each month. Transmission systems maintenance and Headquarters hold quarterly employee safety meetings.

Safety and health memberships

Basin Electric Headquarters, each power plant, and the Transmission Systems Maintenance (TSM) division are members of the National Safety Council, and the local and state safety councils. For the past several years, facilities have been recognized for their safety accomplishments.

Our subsidiary, Dakota Gasification Company's facility, Great Plains Synfuels Plant, is member of the American Chemistry Council's Responsible Care®, a voluntary program to achieve improvements in environmental, health and safety performance beyond levels required by the U.S. government. Dakota Gas plays an active role in its Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and a Dakota Gas employee serves as a member of the LEPC Board. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation requires Dakota Gas to develop, summarize, and publish a risk management program (RMP) that is available to the public to encourage community dialogue about how to prevent chemical accidents and reduce risk.

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