Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc says it remained committed to promoting safety in all its operations.

The Operations Director, Seplat Petroleum, Effiong Okon stated this at the Nigerian Professional Development Conference and Exhibition of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) on Thursday, March 28.

He said that the company’s commitment to safety and environmental sustainability has enabled it to conduct its operations with minimal footprint.

According to him, “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.

“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.”

Also, he called on government and private organisations to commit more resources to research and development towards promoting safety in every sector of the nation’s economy.

Okon appealed for such investments to cut across many sectors like it is already obtainable in the oil & gas and aviation sectors.

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Okon said the company would continue to deploy safety training and coaching to hone safety consciousness and skills of its local contractors.

He said that progressively managing challenges around establishment of support infrastructure for safety management remain a priority to the company.

“Since the taking over of our current assets, third-party interference on Seplat’s infrastructure had been significantly minimized,’’ Okon said.

Seplat wins ASSP award
Seplat Petroleum receives the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Safety Award for Excellence at the 2019 ASSP Nigeria PDC Conference & Exhibition

He said “there is the need to develop safety leadership that can change the safety culture of the various sectors of the economy.’’

Okon suggested that safety be included as part of management meetings.

“We must entrench the use of safety indicators that can help shape safety culture and put in place a strong reward and recognition system for safety initiatives and achievements with game-changing results.

“Professional associations should also drive and monitor developments toward implementation of safety standards, as stakeholders also build an independent statutory compliance system driven by love for safety,’’ Okon said.

The director listed the drivers of accidents to include absence of safety culture; lack of contingency planning in the event of a catastrophe; design flaws, compounded by human errors and poor training.

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Earlier, the President, ASSP Nigerian Chapter, Mr Daniel Osadiaye, said the body was actively committed to ensuring that all work together for a safer work environment.

“We do this by raising safety awareness and equipping professionals with relevant information and opportunities to grow their competencies relevant to achieving safety goals,’’ Osadiaye said.

Also the ASSP Global President, Rixio Medina, said that: “We believe this event will continue to be great value to business leaders, government officials and safety practitioners throughout the region

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