Put the dates for the 2017 Safety Roundtable on your calendar!

The 2017 Safety Roundtable is Scheduled.


Put it on your calendar today!

The roundtable is scheduled for March 8 & 9, at the New Braunfels Conference Center in New Braunfels.

This roundtable is for safety professionals any other employee who has an interest in making their job safer.

Download the registration here

Download the sponsorship form here

Hotels near the convention center link

Join us in New Braunfels!





March 18 marks 79th anniversary of New London School Explosion

New London collageToday is the 78th anniversary of the New London School explosion, caused by a leak of unodorized pipeline residue gas from an oil pipeline.

The explosion occurred on this date between 3:05 and 3:20 pm, presumable initiated by an electric hand sander’s spark.

The New London School explosion occurred on March 18, 1937, when a natural gas leak caused an explosion, destroying the London School of New London, Texas,[1] a community in Rusk County previously known as “London”. The disaster killed more than 295 students and teachers, making it the deadliest school disaster in American history. As of 2014, the event is the third deadliest disaster in the history of Texas, after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, and the 1947 Texas City Disaster.

Immediately following the disaster, the Texas Legislature met in emergency session and mandated the use of mercaptans so the natural gas could be detected by odor.

Shortly after the disaster, the Texas Legislature met in emergency session and enacted the Engineering Registration Act (now rewritten as the Texas Engineering Practice Act). Public pressure was on the government to regulate the practice of engineering due to the faulty installation of the natural gas connection; Carolyn Jones, a nine year old survivor, spoke to the Texas Legislature about the importance of safety in schools. The use of the title “engineer” in Texas remains legally restricted to those who have been professionally certified by the state to practice engineering.

For a complete discussion of the disaster, follow this link to a Wikipedia article on the explosion.

2016 Safety Roundtable Coming!

The 2016 Safety Roundtable is just around the corner!

Again this year, the Roundtable will be held at Atmos energy’s Charles K. Vaughan Training Center

3697 Mapleshade Lane
Plano, TX 75075

March 17-18, 2016

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Download Registration Form here

The Safety Committee has put together a great program, including the following topics:

  • Static Electricity with PE Pipe
  • Electrofusion
  • Upcoming Regulatory Updates
  • OQ – Contractor Safety
  • Cross-Bore Safety
  • Tour of the Vaughan Center
  • Driving Safety
  • Heavy Equipment Safety
  • Generational Differences

Safety Roundtable – You should be here!

The 2015 Safety Roundtable is underway in Plano Texas at Atmos Energy’s Charles K. Vaughan Center in Plano, Texas.

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The attendance for the roundtable is great and the presentations today are excellent.

Today’s presentations include:

  1. Damage Prevention – Jeff Henderson, West Texas Gas; Melissa Brannan, Texas 811
  2. Distracted Driving – Brad Robertson, Midland Police Department

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  1. Confined-Space  Bobby Isaacs, Atmos Energy; Glynda Cox, Texas Gas Service
  2. Respiratory Protection – Bobby Isaacs, Atmos Energy
  3. Tour of the training area of the Charles K Vaughan Center.

The Roundtable was coordinated by the Safety Committee; Jeff Henderson, Bobby Isaacs, Glynda Cox, Peter Warrick, Mike Cavazos, Brandon Utterback and Melissa Brannan. The excellent quality and content are a direct result of the hard work of these folks.

The Safety Roundtable will be in the planning stage for upcoming years. Your input is invaluable to ensure the quality of the future roundtables.

It is also an excellent time to think about joining the Safety Committee. Meeting with the Committee, planning the presentations for the Summer meeting and exchanging ideas about best practices in the Safety community. There will be a Committee Meeting on April 23, at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. See the links at the top of the page for registration forms and additional information about the Committee meeting.


Links to today’s presentations:

Damage Prevention

Distracted Driving

Confined Space Rescue

Respiratory Protection

Put the Safety Roundtable on your calendar!

The 2015 Safety Roundtable is coming up quicker than you think.

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The date for the Roundtable is March 25 and 26th, 2015. There is a great program and an excellent set of speakers planned for the Roundtable.

Follow this link for complete information on the specific location, hotels nearby and sponsorship and exhibit opportunities.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8:30 – 9:00 am Beverages
9:00 – 9:30 am Opening Remarks
9:30 -10:25 am CDC – Blood Borne Pathogens
10:25 – 10:35 am Beverage Break
10:35 – 11:30 am Distracted Driving
11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch with vendor presentation/product showcase
1:00 – 2:30 pm Confined Space Rescue (with demonstration using live gas at facility)
2:30 – 2:45 pm Refreshment Break
2:45 – 3:45 pm Respiratory Protection/H2S
3:45 – 4:30 pm Tour of Facility
6:00 pm Dinner Location – Top Golf facility for dinner and ‘golfing’ fun.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
8:00 – 8:30 am Beverages
8:30 – 10:00 am DOT Inspection
10:00 – 10:15 am Beverage Break
10:15 – 11:30 Work Zone Safety
11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch with vendor presentation/product showcase
1:00 – 3:00 pm Damage Prevention/Safe Excavation
3:00 – 3:15 pm Refreshment Break
3:15 – 4:15 pm Silica Dust
4:15 – 4:30 pm Recap/End of Day
Safety Committee Meeting – (all are invited to participate and become an active member of the committee)
Dinner on your own

Friday, March 27 – Classes


2015 Safety Award Applications are Available

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Confined space training





2015 Safety Award Applications are Available

The 2015 Safety Award applications are available for your use. download the forms, fill out and send back to the TGA. The deadline for the applications is May 1, 2015.

Use the links below to download the forms:

Meritorious Service Award

Motor Vehicle Achievement Award

Safety Achievement Award

Municipal Safety Award (municipals only)