Commitment To Safety

At Chevron's El Segundo Refinery, the overall objective of zero safety and environmental incidents is a collaborative effort among all employees. We have one of the best safety records in the industry, and our preventative approach has helped us achieve our reputation for safety and operational effectiveness. We are dedicated to sending all employees home each day in the same condition in which they came to work.

To this end, programs are continuously introduced to maintain and create ever-improving safety records. Read the complete story, Developing Esprit de Corp Keeps Colleagues Safe, about the collaborative effort of one El Segundo Refinery team to meet  Past Chairman Dave O'Reilly's challenge to determine how their unit could become "the global energy company most admired for its people, partnership and performance" and improve the safety of all employees.

Natural Gas Odors

We often receive calls about natural gas odors, when it turns out that the odor is emanating from the naturally-occurring tar seeps in Santa Monica Bay. If there is increased seismic activity, the seeps are "activated" to the point that they give off a strong odor. This is well known by the local fire departments. However, if you have a question about a petroleum odor, it's better to be safe than sorry. Please contact our 24-Hour Community Hotline at 310.615.5342 so we can investigate the source, or call your local fire department.

Sometimes I notice black soot on my windows/car/ patio furniture. Is it from the refinery?

While living in the L.A. Basin certainly has many advantages, all of us have to deal with the consequences of the ever-increasing population. Our laboratory has run tests on this black soot over the years and has found that it is a mixture of dust and exhaust from the thousands of cars, trucks and airplanes that move through the South Bay on a daily basis. In the rare event of a refinery release that impacts our neighbors’ personal property, Chevron is quick to notify the affected community and to respond with car wash vouchers or other appropriate reparations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our 24-Hour Community Hotline at 310.615.5342.