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Techno Oil Limited, a leading indigenous oil and gas downstream operator has restated its commitment to Health, Safety and Environment, HSE matters in all its operations.

Reassuring workers at the flag off of its Annual Safety Week, the Executive Director, Finance and Administration, Mr. Godfrey I. Okigbo, said, 'Techno Oil is committed to sound Health, Safety, Security and Quality, EHSSQ practices in all aspects of its business. This is to prevent injury and protect all employees and sub-contractors from work hazards and occupational diseases in the execution of their responsibilities.'

He also noted that 'All employees are actively involved in Safety Committees and work with managers to monitor performance, investigate incidents and promote high-level safety awareness, maintain good relationship with host communities as well as enhance the security of life and equipment.'

Okigbo argued that Techno Oil provides and maintains a safe working environment by complying with all applicable statutory guidelines, regulations and laws.

'To this end, all employees, contractors and customers are adequately trained to ensure that they work safely in their respective functions and to protect the environment,' he added.

The activities, which took place at the company's offices across the nation included Vehicle Safety Checks, Health Safety and Environment, HSE competition, Management HSE Tours, Drivers Forum, Time out for safety.

A muster drill call at all sites and offices of the company was carried out to test the response rate of personnel to emergency as part of the operational requirements.

A concluding exercise ensured that all staff and contractors stopped work and met in different rooms to discuss issues that promote safety, health and decent work environment.

Management tours
Also, management tours were held to reinforce management's commitment to HSE values. Leading a team of workers on a guided tour of facilities, the c Depot Manager, Mrs. Fola Odufuwa, argued that HSE issues have become more challenging for oil companies operating in the country.

She said that Techno Oil has risen up to emerging challenges by adopting measures to ensure safety and health, while also embracing standard procedures for ensuring sustainable environment.

According to her, the management of Techno Oil adopted, 'Safety Our First Priority' as the theme for this year's Safety Week to underscore the company's vision of ensuring an accident-free work place.

She disclosed that workers would undergo extensive safety drills to put them on the alert and test their response to emergency situations at all locations of the company nationwide.

Odufuwa expressed excitement at the remarkable improvement in HSE issues displayed by workers at various locations, and urged them not to rest on their oars and to always communicate their concerns on HSE issues to the appropriate quarters in the company.

'Management is favourably disposed to deploring logistics such as security boats and fire fighting trucks in case of fire and security concerns at any area of our operations,' she stated.

A Consultant in Safety and Environment, Geostin Safety Consult Nigeria Ltd, which took charge of the programme, Mr Augustine Okorafor, called for regular drills, training and re-training of personnel involved in emergency response services in Nigeria.

Techno Oil owns a landmark 30,000MT tank farm in Apapa, and a 10,000 MT ultra-modern lubricant blending plant as well as a state of the-art-laboratory and an LPG (cooking gas) bottling plantĀ  in Lekki, among other strategic assets.