The Ghana Supply Chain Development Programmme (SCD), has organized a breakfast meeting on the Environment, Health and Safety for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) operating in the oil and gas industry.
This new initiative by the SCD is to help SMEs to continue expanding their knowledge in the Oil and Gas, energy and the extractive sectors, as a measure to advance and encourage massive local content participation.
In its quest to support the Local Content policy of the Nation, SCD is leveraging this new initiative to keep SMEs abreast of industry requirements and demands so that they have a competitive urge and added confidence to meet the necessary standards to win contracts.
Mr. Tawiah Adjei, Quality Safety Health and Environment management systems trainer and auditor of Qualms Group, Mr. Shamsudeen Sidi Adam, head of Occupational Health and Safety for Golden Star Resources; and Mr. Henry Rhule, HSE Engineer with FMC Technologies International Services in Ghana, were the facilitators for the inaugural edition of the breakfast meeting.
Mr Adjei, lead facilitator who spoke on the topic: “ New Age EHS: Current Trends in the industry, ” said the environment, health and safety concerns remained high on the priority lists of the players in the oil and gas industry.
He, therefore, called for the implementation and compliance to standards related to EHS as well as national regulations, public demand and economic issues.
Mr. Adjei added that curbing occupational hazards could only be achieved with proper health and safety culture.
He said global predictions of trends based on data from the global EHS practices in 2014 and 2015 called for a globally, harmonized system in EHS, higher demand for Safety professionals and Increased scrutiny of regulators.
Mr. Adam of Golden Star Resources, said SMEs should not see EHS as some other person’s business, but daily safety efforts and practice, to make the big differences in the workplace and life in general.
Mr. Ruhle of FMC, also recommended to the SMEs to collaborate more with the International Oil Companies and Multi-National Companies and follow procedures when it came to EHS.
They are to get the necessary compliance certificates issued to them before bidding for a contract, and to continue in building their capacity since health and safety was a new area to businesses in the country.
Ms. Majorie Janczak, Training Manager of SCD, said the breakfast meetings were aimed at offering insights from industry experts, up-to-the-minute industry knowledge, great networking opportunities with both experts and other SMEs, and the chance to learn about various other complimentary programs, projects, and initiatives in the Oil & Gas, Energy and Extractive sector. GNA