By Jolly Adjevwe, Port Harcourt
In line with its resolved to ensure safety at workplace, Total E & P Nigeria Limited has organized Health Safety and Environment (HSE) forum for its community contractors.
Speaking at the occasion held at Obite community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni local government area, the Deputy General Manager, community Affairs, Total E & P, mr. Izu idouku Ibisimie who was represented by Mr. Okeckukwu Obara charged the contractors to deploy good HSE practices and various risk management tools in the control of the hazards associated with their operation as well as the protection of their environment.
According to him, the programme was borne out of the company’s desire to ensure that its community contractors are abreast with HSE culture, and to ensure that works are done with the right tools in a safe manner.
Ibisimie reminded them that in TEPNG, effective Health safety and Environment HSE planning and culture is governed by the twelve golden rules of the company.
These golden rules, he said, provide the right HSE attitudes and practices to be deployed during the execution of tasks, adding that the twelve golden rules are the very foundation of “our safe working environment.
He disclosed that in order improved their safety culture, “our daily efforts have to be directed towards reflecting on the hazards associated with their task, we must be aware of and deploy the correct procedures and practices on daily bases, stopping any operation where safety precautions are compromised”.
Also, Ibisimie who spoke through Obara has reminded the contractors of their time honored HSE practices which he highlighted as, “make accident prevention a part of our daily routine (plan safety in advance), report unsafe acts or conditions. Use your time out authority card and submit anomaly report, identify the risks on your job, ensure the controls are in place, follow instructions, respect procedures and ensure adequate supervision, apply golden rules, enforce them and protect lives”.
One of the resources persons who spoke at HSE forum, Dr. Andy Uzor of Sulan Services limited, advised the contractors on Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), according to him, employers must protect employees from workplace hazards and dangerous procedures that can cause injury, illness and fatalities.
He said employers must ensure that its employees are fully kitted with the face PPE such as safety goggles, foot PPE (safety boot), and helmet among others. Some contractors who participated at the workshop express gratitude to Total E & P for the training, and expressed readiness to abide by the rules and ensure their employees are provided with PPE.