Total Safety Gulf Coast was named Consultancy of the Year by the Oil and Gas Awards – Gulf Coast. The Consultancy of the Year Award recognizes third party business consultancy services provided to E&P or midstream companies within the Gulf Coast region. Eligible service providers included commodity value forecasting, M&A advice, strategy, tax planning and corporate compliance consultancies operating directly with oil and gas clients in the Gulf Coast region.
Entries needed to present relevance to the operations and corporate strategy of the Gulf Coast’s leading E&P and midstream firms, demonstrable expertise in their given field, successes including details and examples of collaborative achievements and measurable value to the client, and outstanding corporate citizenship including details of corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Total Safety employees around the world came together at their local offices on Jan. 18 to celebrate Safety Day. In fact, about 3,000 Total Safety employees assembled in 10 different countries within a 24-hour time period, in a very well-orchestrated and global event. From Dubai to North Dakota, South Africa to Australia more than 50 Total Safety locations held meetings covering a variety of safety topics. I will take you though some of my observations at the events that I attended, below.
Our strategy as a company is centered on delivering unmatched EHS performance for our clients. This involves the mitigation of health, safety and environmental risks that our clients have in their hazardous locations, worldwide. We do this by having the best people in the business, the best equipment, innovative processes and a broad set of service offerings. We also execute against this strategy by setting a great example. On our Safety day, we had something to celebrate as a group — in 2013 we set a world-class example. In fact, 96% of our locations operated without a recordable incident (as defined by OSHA), and our global Total Recordable Incident Rate finished the year at 0.26 – truly a world-class figure. While our goal will always be ZERO (and we will get there…), the results in 2013 are a fantastic step in that direction. Thanks to all of you for remaining diligent, thinking ahead and staying safe.
On Safety Day, I had the opportunity to participate in two of our events in the Houston area and have been pleased to hear of other successful local celebrations. It is nice to re-energize ourselves around our mission and to learn more about staying safe on and off the job.
Corporate Hosts First Safety Day
This was the first Safety Day for our corporate group. Our event was exciting with more than 150 people on hand to hear important presentations about the dangers of drinking and driving as well as safety around the home.
The message, entitled “Save a Life, Don’t Drive Drunk,” was delivered by our Accounts Payable Supervisor Terri Rodriguez and her husband, Mark. Terri and Mark founded Krysta’s Karing Angels to honor their daughter, Krysta, who was killed Feb. 11, 2010 at the age of 22 when the car she was a passenger in was struck broadside by a drunk driver. It was a painful testimonial to hear from a co-worker but a critical message to share with all.
Many of the members of KKA also attended and three of the survivors brought the wreckage of their loved one’s cars, all killed in drunk driving crashes. The stories were shocking but served an important purpose — to heighten awareness of just how tragic drunk driving can be.
Also attending was Head of Vehicular Crimes Division of Harris County Alison Baimbridge who spoke about the penalties for driving drunk in Houston.
Our thanks go out to the KKA volunteers who helped make our event memorable: Mark and Terri’s surviving children Krista, Dannielle and Eric; Stefanie Rhoades Zepeda, who pulled her mom’s car (Tammy Rhoades, killed 01-02-12 by drunk driver); Ross Jones, who pulled his daughter Emily’s truck (18-years-old, killed in March, 2011); Cody Lewis, a firefighter who pulled the other DWI fatality truck; and Kelsey Cornelius and Total Safety’s Shelby Denison, who ran the popcorn and snow cone machines.
Safety Day Mood Swing
Total Safety SVP Stenning Schueppert then lightened the mood with his humorous observations on what NOT to do at home if you want to stay safe. Prizes were distributed for the right safety answers. Afterward, we all went on a hunt with Spot the Safety Dog to find dangerous safety situations throughout the office.
Corporate Safety Day was quite a success. In addition to those already mentioned, others who helped make the Safety Day at corporate a great event were Amy Brast, Debbie Krolczyk, John Helms, Aaron Little, Javier Martinez, Kevin Croteau, Will Cruickshank and Jahvet Thomas.
On to Pasadena
About midway through the day, I drove to Pasadena to join our Safety Day events there, already in progress. It was another excellent event. Activities included guest speakers, hazard recognition exercises, team building activities, service recognition and site safety recognition. The event, held at the Pasadena Convention Center, was attended by more than 300 employees representing Malone, LaPorte, 16 branches of Rental and Compliance, EH&S and H2WR.
Guest speakers included Sam Smolik of LyondellBasell who commended Total Safety for the progress it has made in the Zero Direction; Bill Shaw of Evergreen Industrial whose topic was See It, Own It, Solve It; Marcos Pereira Munguia who gave a personal testimony about the dangers of Texting while Driving; and Les Rucker of Valero who spoke about a Caring Culture and how it requires courage, commitment, compassion and competence. We are very fortunate to have such loyal and dedicated customers that they will give up part of their weekend to come address our group.
This highlights for me something very powerful about what we do. We are all very fortunate to work in such an incredible industry, one that is dedicated to protecting workers’ safety and wellbeing. The job that we do, every day, ensures the safety and wellbeing of thousands of workers around the world. By their presence at our events, our customers are telling you just how thankful they are of the job that you do. There are others that are thankful as well – the families of all of those workers, your families, your colleagues, your management team and me. Thanks for everything you do for Total Safety and for our customer’s and each other.
Also, many thanks to the Safety Day Steering Committee including Terry Rimato, Scott Laughery, Paul Walker, April Bardwell, Libby Machalicek, Juliet Burton, Steve Beers, Margie Ruiz, Ricky Wagnon and Cheryl Dickerson. The events were a great success and we really appreciate the countless hours and effort you put into the events.
Safety Activities around the World
We have received a wonderful slide presentation recapping the events in our MEAA region. Participating locations included offices in Dubai, Arabia, Qatar, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Cape Town, Australia and Iraq.
Attendees focused on recognizing hazards at home and work as well as participating in a hazard hunt. A safe driving presentation also included National Safety Council films for defensive driving and a briefing on local driving rules.
We would love to hear all about your local Safety Day celebrations. Please send photos and information to Cindy Landers who will publish a story on our round-the-world event in the next edition of SafetyLine.
Thank you all for participating, and many thanks to Steve Long and his team for coordinating with individuals in our local offices to ensure this successful global event.
An editorial by Loren Steffy, award-winning energy and finance columnist, discussed safety and security issues associated with the oil industry boom in Saturday’s edition of the Houston Chronicle. Total Safety’s Stenning Schueppert is quoted.
November 6, 2013—Houston, TX—Total Safety has been recognized as the Operational Consultancy of the Year by the Oil & Gas Awards. The award demonstrates and celebrates advances made in key areas of environmental stewardship, efficiency, innovation, corporate social responsibility, health and safety.
Total Safety recently achieved two million non-recordable hours in its Fire Services team and one million in its European division. These efforts help define and support Total Safety‘s commitment to a strong safety culture.
In addition, the company has VPP-Star status at seven locations, with twenty-eight additional locations in the process of preparing for VPP Star status. VPP sites evolve into models of excellence and influence practices industry-wide. VPP is an OSHA-sponsored volunteer program, promoting effective worksite-based safety and health.
The Oil & Gas Awards recognize outstanding achievement made within the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil gas industry. They are nominated and judged by a panel of oilfield service employees, community stakeholders, independent experts, and respected industry veterans.
About Total Safety
Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance services and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 142 locations in 20 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). For more information about Total Safety and its unwavering commitment to safety, visit www.totalsafety.com.
Houston, TX—Total Safety’s Fire Services group has reached an industry leading safety milestone – two million hours without an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable.
Celebrating two million non-recordable hours is a significant accomplishment. This milestone was achieved, in part, due to Total Safety’s commitment to continuous improvement in its safety culture. Safety is Total’s core value – the safety of its employees and customers. An active participant of OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program, it currently has seven Star VPP sites.
“As a safety company, our focus is 100 percent on the Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide. Achieving two million hours without a recordable incident speaks volumes to the commitment of our employees. Our employees believe in safety and their hard work and dedication is represented in this milestone,” said Steve Long, Director of HSEQ for Total Safety. “Our Fire Services team works in very unique and hazardous conditions. Our employees take pride in leading our safety culture and we are very proud of their accomplishment.”
The Fire Services team provide Total Safety clients with cost-effective and comprehensive risk mitigation strategies around complex worker and facility fire protection needs.
As defined by OSHA, a recordable case is an occupational work injury or illness requiring medical treatment beyond first aid, or an injury or illness that requires an employee to record days away from normal work.
About Total Safety
Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated compliance, personnel and professional safety solutions and the products necessary to support them. It operates from 142 locations in over 20 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). For more information about Total Safety, visit www.totalsafety.com.
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With experience on both sides—the investor and the “invested”—Troy Thacker comes from the PE world and has more recently been serving stints as CEO of environmental services companies, one a major provider of services to upstream oil and gas companies and the other a firm claiming to be the world’s leading safety services company. Thacker was CEO of R360 Environmental Solutions Inc. (Houston, TX), operator of 26 waste treatment and recycling facilities in Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming, when it was sold to solid waste management company Waste Connections, Inc.(The Woodlands, TX) in October 2012.
R360, which was backed by four PE firms, had been “reviewing a variety of options, one of which was to go public,” Thacker tells EBJ. In the natural course of looking for an exit strategy, “the option to do a transaction with Waste Connections made a lot of sense for us, for them, and for the customer base. It was a really terrific deal for all involved.”
In July 2013, Thacker was appointed CEO of Houston-based Total Safety, a provider of industrial safety and compliance services operating from 141 offices in 20 countries. Since late 2011, Total Safety has been a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, a PE giant that has invested more than $45 billion in over 675 companies around the world.
Indeed, “the sponsorship by Warburg Pincus was a big part of my decision to join Total Safety,” Thacker says. “They are a well-respected and large private equity firm, with intimate knowledge of our industry and our goals, and they have very deep pockets.” Total Safety “was well-capitalized from the start, and it was given a war chest to pursue more growth opportunities. We have substantial dry powder in reserve.”
The acquisition by Warburg Pincus was “a banker-run process” that included evaluations of both financial and strategic buyers, according to Stenning Schueppert, Total Safety’s senior vice president for strategy, marketing, and corporate development. “We did not look at the S-1 option, and we’re still not going to go public,” he adds. “The strategic buyers were involved, but the financial buyers presented a more attractive package.”
With Warburg Pincus’s backing, Total Safety’s growth strategy will be aggressive but with a conservative capital structure, according to Thacker. “We’ll balance our organic growth and investments in greenfield opportunities and capital equipment with merger and acquisition opportunities. We’ll be conservative on debt versus equity, with deals involving a combination of the two.”
Warburg Pincus “allows us to run the business,” says Thacker. Put another way, “we’ll make returns for them by building our business and not through financial engineering.”
In terms of acquisitions, Warburg Pincus “will be involved in the larger opportunities we’ll be looking at, but the smaller opportunities will be identified and pursued by our internal management team,” says Schueppert. “If we need to access additional capital on the capital markets, they have the depth and breadth to assist us.” With regard to actual deals, “we are having a broad array of conversations and hope you will see us getting pretty active in the next 12 months,” he notes.
As for an exit strategy for Warburg Pincus, that’s open-ended, says Thacker. “If we build a great business, the exit strategy will make itself known in the future. Our focus is and will always be growing a great company.”
Houston, TX—Western Refining’s El Paso Refinery is the recipient of Total Safety’s “Safety Innovation” Award for its approach to improving safety within the workplace. Western Refining Inc. (NYSE: WNR) is an independent oil refiner and marketer, headquartered in El Paso, Texas, operating mostly in the southwestern and western United States.
Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated industrial safety services company, awards its Safety Innovation Award to companies that make incredible and cutting-edge advancements in areas of safety. David Johnson, sales manager of professional and technical services, Total Safety, nominated Western Refining for the award.
“Western Refining’s innovative approach to safety is apparent through its use of pilot projects designed to increase worker safety. In this industry, ‘change’ can be difficult to implement, especially when it comes to safety policies and procedures, but Western Refining actively seeks out ways to improve its safety culture,” explains Mr. Johnson.
Total Safety’s Centralized Confined Space Monitoring System (CCSMS), a new technology designed to improve safety within permit-required confined spaces, has been implemented as a pilot project for a number of refineries to increase worker safety. Total Safety’s exclusively-licensed and patented CCSMS utilizes a central control center that continuously identifies workers within permit-required confined spaces; maintains visual contact and a clear line of two-way communication with workers inside and outside the permit space; monitors the atmosphere of the permit space for toxic or dangerous gases; and sounds appropriate alarms if an incident occurs.
Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance services and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 142 locations in 20 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).
Total Safety has been selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies” for 2012 by EHS Today, in addition to receiving the “Best in Class” award from the Houston Business Roundtable, multiple AFPM Awards, and a host of industry and customer safety accolades.
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Senior Vice President – Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development, Total Safety
Houston, TX—July 23, 2013 — Total Safety, the world’s leading integrated safety services company, today announced that Troy W. Thacker has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”), effective August 5, 2013. Mr. Thacker succeeds David E. Fanta who will retire. Mr. Fanta will transition to the role of Special Advisor to the CEO to ensure a smooth leadership changeover. He also will maintain his position on the Company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Thacker previously served as President and CEO of R360 Environmental Solutions, the nation’s leading oilfield environmental solutions company, where he successfully expanded the company’s service offerings and capacity as the leading independent provider of environmentally-conscious waste disposal, recycling and treatment solutions to oil and gas producers. Before joining R360, Mr. Thacker served as a Founding Partner of Paine & Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, where he was a member of the firm’s Investment Committee and led investments in the energy, power, and industrial services sectors.
“On behalf of Total Safety’s Board, I am pleased to welcome Troy, who brings a unique set of skills and valuable industry experience to the Company. Troy shares Total Safety’s commitment to excellence and we are fortunate to have Troy join us to lead Total Safety into its next chapter of growth,” said David A. Barr, Board Director, Total Safety and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus. “I also want to thank Dave for his dedication and contributions to Total Safety over the past nine years, and wish him the best in his retirement. We look forward to benefiting from the continuity of Dave’s involvement.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Thacker said, “Total Safety is uniquely positioned to continue to service the needs of its customers who seek high-quality safety and compliance solutions. I am excited to join the Total Safety team and look forward to leading the Company as it continues to strive towards maximizing its growth potential.”
“It has been an honor to have served as Total Safety’s President and CEO during this period of strong growth and to have worked with a terrific group of employees dedicated to building the global leader in safety and compliance services,” said Mr. Fanta. “Now is the ideal time to transition the leadership of Total Safety to Troy in order to enable the Company take the next steps to capitalize on the opportunities for continued success.”
About Total Safety Total Safety, a Warburg Pincus portfolio company, is the world’s premier provider of integrated industrial safety and compliance services and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 141 locations in 19 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3).
Total Safety has been selected as one of “America’s Safest Companies” for 2012 by EHS Today, in addition to receiving the “Best in Class” award from the Houston Business Roundtable, multiple AFPM Awards, and a host of industry and customer safety accolades. For more information about Total Safety and its unwavering commitment to safety, visit www.totalsafety.com.
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Senior Vice President – Strategy, Marketing & Corporate Development, Total Safety
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