Environmental Risk Assessment at a Gas Utility

by Todd I. Sostek, Southern California Gas Co, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Environmental Engineering


Over the past 10 years, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) has developed an environmental risk management program to mitigate or eliminate the potential health risks to employees, customers, and the general public from exposure to hazardous substances used or generated by the Company. The risk management program has a significant impact on utility activities including emergency response, emergency response planning, and the cleanup of chemical releases. The author describes the types of situations in which risk assessment is used in a gas utility, the various methodologies employed, and the role of risk assessment in SoCalGas' risk management program.

Subject Headings: Emergency management | Environmental issues | Risk management | Natural gas | Health hazards | Management methods | Occupational safety | Light rail transit | California | United States

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