Since 1995, through 2002 the Combined OSHA recordable rate for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and its contractors working on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline System (TAPS) has ranged between 1.66 and 2.12 recordable accidents per 200,000 labor hours. (The eight year average is 1.95.) This recorded rate ranked the TAPS workforce near the bottom-third in safety performance of liquid pipeline carries in the nation. In 2002 Alyeska Pipeline Service Company developed a safety training course for managers and supervisors. As a part of their performance measure, Alyeska required all of its managers and supervisors to attend this training in 2003.

The Fundamentals of Safety for Supervisors and Managers provides a base philosophy and concepts to the key fundamentals required to understand and manage Safety on TAPS. The course is comprised of 18 modules. Each module covers a particular aspect of safety management and provides supervisors and managers with the skills, knowledge, and desire to lead their workforce in achieving an injury-free environment. This is done through developing strong leadership, promoting Alyeska's core values and safety culture in all parts of the company and striving to continuously improve our safety performance. Fundamentals of Safety modules focus on making Safety Management practical for Supervisors and Managers; focusing more on the why than the how.

In 2003, the combined OSHA recordable rate for TAPS was cut in half, resulting in 0.86 accidents per 200,000 labor hours. This paper will discuss how the principles taught in the Fundamentals of Safety training can help response organizations prepare their workforces—especially the managers and supervisors—in advance of an emergency response.

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