Oil and gas industry stakeholders that gathered recently at a forum organised by Richardson Oil and Gas have stressed the importance of Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental (HSSE) protection in work place, saying they are important and enduring issues in this changing world and should be an integral part of any organisation’s activities.
The experts in a communiqué at the end of this year’s Richardson HSSE forum in Lagos noted that protecting people and the environment from harm was not just a social obligation, adding that every organisation needed to approach HSSE with the similar sense of responsibility used in handling issues concerning product quality, productivity and cost-efficiency.
The Chief Executive Officer of Richardson Oil & Gas, Mr. Akin Osuntoki, said the forum intended to capture and build up the bridges in HSSE management across the various industry strata.
Osuntoki said this year’s forum, the fifth, with the theme “HSSE Practice and Management: Recounting the Gains of Regulatory Compliance,” attracted world-class technical presentations in Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Nigerian Content Development.
“It also had a larger participation from more sectors of the Nigerian economy; which the organisers affirmed as a sign of successful development of the forum over the past five years,” he added.
The stakeholders in the communiqué noted that in striving for sustainable development “we should proactively and continually seek-out and employ more sustainable technologies and processes to minimise our impacts on people, assets and the environment”.
This, according to stakeholders, can be achieved by imbibing best practices in the different areas of HSSE and taking the necessary measures in time, to comply with regulatory authorities and governments through HSSE practice and management.
The forum is an annual event where stakeholders meet, discuss and analyse issues on Health, Safety, Security and Environment practices and management in their various industries.
Inaugurated in 2009, the forum is a Corporate Social Responsibility of both Process Safety Reliability Group (USA) and Richardson Oil and Gas (Nigeria).
It is aimed at encouraging stakeholders in various industries to imbibe the culture of HSSE through regulatory compliance and advocacy.
Information from This Day was used in this report.