I want to update you on what we’re doing at Shell Martinez and some exciting efforts we’re involved with outside the refinery.
We are very proud at Shell Martinez of our commitment to safety, and I would like to share with you our approach. We believe that strong relationships can significantly reduce personal injuries and process safety and environmental incidents. Under our “Goal Zero” approach, we get to know each other, care about each other and look out for each other, and that makes us all safer. Everyone who works at our site learns about our Goal Zero culture. Goal Zero is an integral part of our work ethic to protect People and Planet, and to run responsibly with the least impact possible to our community. Since 2014, we’ve had 10,000 attendees at our workshops. As a member of this community, we take everyone’s safety seriously, from our colleagues working an arm’s length away to our fence line neighbors and the greater community. We spend so much time living “Goal Zero” at work, that many of us have stories to share about how we live Goal Zero at home as well. It really works.
One last note about safety, for those of you who follow us on Facebook and Twitter you know we conduct regular fire training exercises to keep up our skills. This Spring we, once again, sent 64 of our employees to Texas A&M for two week-long fire school training sessions. Fire school not only prepares us for any emergency here, it also allows us to participate in specialized mutual aid throughout the Bay Area. For instance, in late January the Shell Martinez Refinery Fire Department was asked to assist with a fire at a recycle plant in Richmond. The Richmond Fire Chief sent us a very nice thank you note for our response.
I also want to share with you some community initiatives we’ve been involved in, including exciting news about our education partners. Martinez Unified and Mount Diablo Unified School Districts participated in the Shell Science Lab Regional Challenge run by the National Science Teachers Association. Through this program, we can provide our extraordinary teachers with additional resources to teach science. The winners will each get, among other things, lab makeover support for their classrooms.