HEALTH, SAFETY, SECURITY, AND ENVIRONMENT
In OKSA, Safety is not just our main priority but our core value. The Health and safety of our employee and visitors are is of great importance to management. Safety is driven from the top management down to the floor member. All employees are responsible for each other’s safety. OSNL has developed a lot of safety tools to ensure that all the hazards inherent in all our project and office locations are identified and properly mitigated. Some of these safety tools will be discussed under the following headings:
- Emergency Response
- Incident Reporting and Communication
- Waste Management
- Audit and Inspections
The Management of OSNL has developed a policy statement that guides each employee on his or her expectations. These policies are communicated to each staff on induction and also placed in all our notice boards and other strategic points. It communicates the statement of facts, targets, expectations and responsibilities. The Policies are dated and signed by the CEO of OSNL. The safety and other policies are documented and address all fundamental issues concerning the company. This document is therefore expected to provide the advocacy that is needed to inculcate safety consciousness in all company staff members as they carry out their individual and collective assignments. The management has realized that this effort and its full utilization has yielded expected results.
Below are the major five Policies of OSNL.
- Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Policy
- Quality Policy
- Drug and Alcohol Policy
- Nigeria Content Policy
- Sub-Contracting Policy
The signed copies of these policies are printed and posted at strategic positions for proper communications.
OSNL has developed an emergency response plan/procedure for all envisage emergencies in all our facilities (Sites and Offices). The emergency response plan addresses emergency situations and response, emergency response personnel, emergency response tools and equipment, actions to be taken in emergency situations, emergency contact lists, etc.
Some of the typical envisaged emergencies in our locations are:
- Security Threat (Kidnapping, Robbery, Pirates, Car Jacking, Arson and Burglary)
- Accident (Worksite accident, Road Transport Accident, etc)
- Ill Health
- Man Over board in offshore felicities
Threat Assessment and Response
In many cases of civil disorder, the personnel would be safer if they remain in their quarters or if that is not feasible, to congregate at a previously designated location, than if they attempt to flee. This is especially true if the unrest is thought to be temporary and there is good reason to believe that order will be restored within a short period of time.
A responsive decision to evacuate is advisable and shall be necessary only if itappears that the breakdown of civil order will be complete and prolonged and/or there is a possibility that hostile elements could attack OSNL location(s).
All efforts shall be made through available sources and resources to track the situation. The services of government authorized agencies (such as Nigeria Police Force, Vigilante Group Recognized Surveillance team) shall be employed to ensure situation control in times of physical and potential security threats and incidents. OKSA Services shall maintain a tight security at best for the overall protection of her personnel, equipment, operation, information system and the reputation of the company among others by adopting stringent measures not limited to the following:
Emergency Contingency Plan
In cases of injury/accidents the following measure are to be adopted;
- Apply first aid treatment to the victim
- There would be a standby vehicle to convey the victim to nearby hospital
- Later will admit in our clinic
Note that the names of the trained First Aiders are posted at strategic points.
Reporting and Incident Investigations
In OKSA, we “think safety first and quality” and therefore, the safety of our personnel and customers are our first priority and we make sure that “any work worth doing is worth doing safely”, that implies that there is no compromise to safety” OKSA Services Nigeria Limited believes that a safe conscious personnel is he/she, who works safe today and plans to have tomorrow upholding our quality standards. We have developed methodologies of reporting hazards, unsafe Acts and Unsafe behaviors’ that have potentials of leading to accidents as we believe that all accidents are preventable.
Although the Management pledges an accident free target, however, accident/near misses may be exempted. In the event of any of these occurring, prompt reporting should be carried out. For the purpose of recording, notebooks are kept in offices and work-sites for:
- Injury producing accident
- First aid treatment
- Visitors notebook
The Safety Officer upon being informed of an accident contact the client supervisor by the fastest possible means. He should immediately visit the areas.
- Make eye witness (es) to make written reports
- Arrange for treatment of the victim(s)
- Complete the accident form
- Carry out full investigation and compile factual report.
All recommendations should be followed up and lessons learned be communicated within our company and to our CLIENT.
Waste Management and Housekeeping
Environment as it embraces the surroundings (land and soils), water and atmosphere, human, marine and wild lives all inclusive, good judgment, management and control of the effects or impacts generated from human activities on the environment is of immense importance to OSNL.
Our site activities shall be well guided with strict commitment to environmental protection in order to:
- Achieve harmony with local community.
- Refrain from avoidable compensation.
- Avoid work disruptions and stoppages from host community or clients.
- Minimize the potential of waste that causes harm to health.
Depending on the size and nature of activity on site, the following principles are adopted to manage generated waste.
- Inventorisation: This is cataloguing all wastes into types, quantities, sources etc. to give a quick insight on the magnitude of the waste problem at hand.
- Characterization: This is checking physico-chemical and toxicological properties.
- Segregation: This is selective separation of wastes which optimize the recovery of waste stream.
- Minimization: This involves the four (4) R’s;
DISPOSAL OF GENERATED WASTE
Office and Domestic Wastes
There are mainly waste papers, disused office materials/equipment and cutgrass/tree from office area.
- Waste should be shredded and deposited in bins or bags and kept in a designated area until removed for disposal/recycling.
- Disposed office equipment/materials e.g. segregated metals, wood etc. metal could be sent to scrap (yard) dealer for recycling. Wooden items could be recycled (pulverized) into hard board, paper etc. where recycling is not feasible, these items should be disposed of in an approved dump (waste pit) such as land fill.
- Cut grass and trees (flowers should be deposited in designated disposal areas (waste pit) for land reclamation.
- Generally leftovers, empty cans, peels, disposed clothing; bedding, furniture, etc. leftovers, cans and peels should be stored in closed bins for disposal. Other items could either be given away or discarded in areas so designated.
Industrial and Chemical Wastes
Disposal of general and particularly industrial and chemical waste has becomes a major environmental concern and is increasingly costly and restricted. Treatment and disposal of liquid and solid wastes can be done on site or off-site.
The method adopted should;
- Ensure that human health is not impaired.
- Aim at minimizing effects to soil, water bodies, atmosphere and wild life.
- Avoid risks of liability.
In addition to toxicological considerations, attention should also be paid to aspects such as flammability, corrosiveness, volatility and odour emission.
WORK PLACE HOUSEKEEPING
The work place will be maintained in a tidy state, a high level of housekeeping observed. Staff members working on sites above ground are to use very sound access materials approved by competent persons. Such equipment should include Ladder, Scaffold, and other temporary working platforms. Where work is carried out in awkward place above ground, staff concerned will wear adequate belt or helmets. For work below ground, the condition of the soil will be tested. Where necessary shored and protected with means of access and exit provided before staff are allowed to work. In such areas which are deficient in oxygen, staffs are not to enter until such confined spaces are inspected and necessary life supporting systems are in place and a permit to work duly signed and authorized by a competent person.
OKSA Services Nigeria Limited maintains a tight security at best for the overall protection of her personnel, equipment, operation, information system and the reputation of the company among others by adopting stringent measures not limited to the following:
- Recruitment of competent Security Personnel
- Maintaining proper access control system
- Weekly Security Update to personnel.
- Security briefing forms part of the pre-employment induction.
- Routine searches of worksite and facilities.
- Security Drills and exercises
All personnel are meant to know that security is everybody’s business and it is taken as such.
OSNL has a training program that details all the training need of staff in accordance to their individual job descriptions. Training Matrix and records are maintained by the HSE Department. When training needs are observed, the Trainer updates the program and the Matrix accordingly.
OSNL intends to satisfy our customers by producing items and/or services which are fit for purpose as outlined in a document called Quality Manual. This manual is seen as the company’s shop window to qualify for clients and be regarded as a management tool to keep employees aware of their responsibilities within the company’s quality programs and in order to ensure the required quality of work (services).
This manual constitutes a written proof of the existence of a quality policy, procedures and quality requirements and satisfaction applicable to OKSA and our subsidiaries.
The manual demonstrates compliance with the company’s quality systems with required quality standards in contractual situations. It will also act as a reference to ensure that the quality system applies constantly despite staff changes. New staff
will utilize the manual and the program therein to determine their responsibilities as regards the pursuit of quality within the company.
As a document of intent, it provides continually the quality system requirements and methods of compliance which also demonstrate compliance with standards and codes regulatory/statutory requirements. The quality manual and company procedure form the basis for quality plan hence defining the role of quality department in the company.