… resilient to emerging risks in the industry
Quest Oil Group, one of the foremost indigenous energy providers with investments in the Upstream, Midstream and Downstream sectors, remains resilient and committed to maintaining the highest Health, Safety, Security, Environment & Quality (HSSEQ) standards across its areas of operation.
The General Manager, Business Operations of the Company, Dr. George Ochuwa, said the company’s innovative safety architecture is a demonstration of its goal to sustain and build on its track record of zero-fatality in the past decade.
He said this while addressing the staff and other stakeholders as the company kick-started its Health & Safety (HSE) Week 2021 in Lagos on Wednesday, at its corporate headquarters.
Ochuwa disclosed that this year’s HSE Week which is themed: ‘Safety and Health – The Heart of the Future of Work,’ will feature presentations by subject matter experts such as Executive Director, HSE Nations, Femi Da Silva, Lecturer, Health, Safety & Risk Management, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland, Dr. Nkeiruka McCallum, ESG Manager, Synergy Capital Managers, OfureIsenmila and Chief Executive Officer, Hybrid & National Coordinator, IOSH West Africa, Dapo Omolade as well as other activities including games and training on safety and health issues.
In recent times, health and safety issues have become a front burner in the Oil and Gas industry due to the rising incident of accidents resulting from gas explosions and fires from fuel tanker leakages which oftentimes have claimed innocent lives and destroyed properties worth millions of Naira.
The location of these assets in the urban areas oftentimes poses serious safety risks.
According to the Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Benjamin Goke Dele, amidst the current headwinds occasioned by the prevailing global coronavirus pandemic and increasing attention to global risks, Quest Oil Group will continue to maintain strict safety principles, while also supporting high standards of corporate ethics; strong commitment to sustainable business; and proactive management of risks in line with our strong HSE philosophy.
“I believe that our HSSEQ Policy is fundamental to our goal of producing cleaner energy, creating benefits for local communities and reducing the environmental impact of our operations.
“Quest Oil Group has an important role to play to prevent occurrence of avoidable emergencies and incidents particularly in the downstream sector where we operate, but where they do happen, we respond timely, learn from the incident and improve our readiness to achieve total loss control.
“In the years ahead, we expect that our stakeholders and partners will become Safety & Health ambassadors of Quest Oil Group, hence, assist in spreading the message in their communities to prevent any unwanted loss or accidents,” he said.
Speaking on the topic; ‘Driving compliance through recognition,’ the Executive Director, HSE Nations, Femi Da Silva, said that safety and health is the responsibility of every organisation that cares about the well being of its stakeholders.
He added: “The main challenges facing safety and health are low awareness of occupational health and poor compliance to health and safety requirements.”
Commenting on the company’s recent foray into the downstream sector the Sales and Marketing Manager, Mr. Anya Ukwa, said: “Quest Oil Group is repositioning to sustain her strength as an innovative energy provider of the future.
“This is why in 2019; we took the bold step of acquiring a major downstream company, ASCON Oil Company Limited, with the aim of deepening our footprint in the downstream sector.
“Due to the handling of inflammable products such as gas, diesel and fuel, our ultimate goal is to ensure that we maintain the highest level of safety at all our service stations so as to prevent any accidents. All our service stations are fully equipped with 21st century safety tools and our attendants undergo periodic safety training to enable them to deal with any occurrence in the work environment where they operate.”
Also commenting, the company’s HSSEQ Supervisor and organiser of the event, Omale Hajarah, said the Safety Week provides a platform for cross fertilisation of ideas on better ways of maintaining a safe environment for all workers.
“At Quest Oil Group, we take safety seriously, particularly where it affects our host communities,” she said.
The HSE Week is an annual event organised by the HSSEQ Department of Quest Oil Group, to evaluate and discuss safety and health issues with the goal of identifying best ways to responsibly manage emerging risks as well as provide a safe working environment for all.
In compliance with the safety guidelines set by the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), this year’s HSE Week is held virtually under strict COVID-19 protocols.
“The HSE Week which is a three-day programme, taking place between Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th August, 2021.