*Bags American safety group’s award
Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc has urged the public and private sectors to invest more in research and development aimed at promoting safety.
The oil company noted that such investments should cut across the different sectors of the economy as is the case for the oil/gas and aviation sectors, among others.
The Operations Director of the company, Mr. Effiong Okon, said this at the Nigeria Professional Development Conference and Exhibition in Lagos, organised by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Nigerian Chapter. The event held under the theme: Sustainable Safety for National Development.
According to Okon, safety is at the forefront of Seplat’s activities, which has enabled it to conduct all its activities across the country with minimal footprint.
“We approach safety using the people, environment, asset and reputation model incorporated in our ‘safety first’ policy. We only execute projects that promote continuous reduction of environmental impact in our operations,” he said.
He added: We track offshoots from our operations and strive to reduce adverse effects from our facilities. Our internal use of gas flared reduced by over 95 per cent between 2011 and 2017.
“Seplat has incorporated key programmes across all its facilities to achieve flares out by 2020 in line with keeping the environment safe. We comply with all regulatory requirements and benchmark our performance with international standards.”
Okon said the company had seen continuous decline in safety incidents over the years and would continue to deploy safety training and coaching to hone safety consciousness and skills of its local contractors.
At the conference, which had major players and regulators in the oil/gas, manufacturing, logistics and aviation sectors, among others in attendance, Seplat was presented with the ASSP Safety Award for Excellence.
Earlier, the President, ASSP, Nigerian Chapter, Mr. Daniel Osadiaye, said the body is actively committed to ensuring that all work together for a safer work environment.