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Health and Safety

TAP’s commitment to health and safety recognises that the project has a duty of care to its host communities, workforce, and shareholders.  

Setting the overall principles, TAP will ensure that they are delivered throughout the project. 

The project’s targets are zero casualties and no serious incidents. 

Comprehensive risk based competency training programmes will be conducted and the health and safety performance of the project’s contractors and suppliers monitored closely at all times to ensure that TAP meets its commitments. 

TAP will create a culture of lessons learned through health and safety networks where day-to-day experiences can be shared and integrated into operations.

Quality design

The pipeline’s design is based on recognised national and international safety standards and industry best practice. Safety measures are designed in accordance with the following hierarchy:

  • Eliminate: wherever possible, hazards are designed out to make the site inherently safe.
  • Prevent: where it is not possible to eliminate a hazardous material or process, measures are taken to ensure that the hazards are minimised.
  • Detect: if a hazardous event occurs, the design ensures that it will rapidly be detected.
  • Control: measures will be in place to control a hazardous event.
  • Mitigate: suitable measures will be incorporated into the design to mitigate the effect of a hazardous event where such measures are effective and appropriate.

Emergency response

TAP will ensure that systems, resources and trained personnel are in place for an effective response to any emergency. Throughout the pipeline’s lifespan, TAP will cooperate with national and local emergency services and other relevant agencies to ensure that the appropriate level of preparedness is identified and maintained. 

Quality, Health, Safety and Environment certifications

TAP has developed and applies a robust, certified and integrated Quality, Health and Safety, Environment Management System (QHSE MS). This covers the pipeline construction activities in Greece, Albania and Italy as well as corporate activities at the headquarters in Switzerland and the country offices.

The certified QHSE MS meets the requirements of the most widespread International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards ISO 9001:2015, OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001:2015. TAP’s QHSE MS also fulfils the shareholders’ and stakeholders’ expectations regarding the quality of services, the safety of all interested parties and environmental protection.

As the project gears up to transporting first Caspian gas, TAP’s QHSE MS is being updated to meet the requirements of the commercial operations phase.