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July 31, 2014
Health, Safety and Environment

In line with our Group Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy Statement, NNPC is committed to conducting its activities in a manner that promotes the Health and Safety of its employees, assets and the public, as well as protection of the environment.

NNPC’s Group Health, Safety and Environment Department (GHSED) is mainly responsible for the administration of corporate matters on occupational Health, Safety and Environmental protection. The Department is also responsible for formulation of practical HSE policies and guidelines in line with industry best practice, facilitate timely and comprehensive compliance while maintaining effective service delivery for the protection of staff, assets and the environment. We conduct all HSE activities with utmost degree of competence in accordance with the profession and industry standards for the benefit of the Corporation and the Nation.

GHSE Department has steadily and rapidly evolved over the past few years with the restructuring and change of name in 2010 from ‘Environment and Safety’ and the upgrade of reporting line from Division to Directorate. The Group HSE policy statement signed by the GMD was also formally launched and deployed at all NNPC locations, and the corporate-wide HSE Management System was developed, is being deployed and implemented. The practice of world class HSE Safety Management Walkthrough and Walkabout methods of engaging Top Management Staff in safety compliance monitoring and enforcement likewise kick started. We recognize that the journey to excellence which we have now embarked upon has no final destination but requires that we constantly seek opportunities, stretch targets and redefine our strategies to ensure continuous improvement in our HSE performance.

In recognition of HSE improvement efforts and initiatives, NNPC received the International Award of 2012 for HSE Most Compliant Organization in Africa at a grand event in October 2012 at Accra, Ghana.

NNPC recognizes that the prosperity of any Organization is intricately linked to its Health and Safety performance and dependent upon responsible Environmental stewardship. At NNPC, the safety of our people, protection of our environment and assets are the main focus. We take proactive measures to prevent occurrence of avoidable emergencies and incidents but where they do happen, we respond timely, learn from the incident and improve our readiness to achieve total loss control. We ultimately aim to achieve “goal zero” with zero incidents, no-harm-to people and no-harm-to environment in all NNPC operations and facilities.

HSE fits strategically into NNPC’s mandate by working in the best way possible to balance and integrate all aspects of Environment and Safety considerations into all NNPC business objectives and decisions. We ensure strong HSE management and performance in Engineering designs, construction and technology selection, continuous development and training of staff. In this regard, we maintain an effective synergy with all our units for effective coordination and monitoring of all aspects of Safety and Environment in all projects and operations. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY
NNPC is committed to providing and maintaining a safe, accident free and healthy work environment. Our comprehensive approach to fire and safety management is risk based through the conduct of risk assessments to guide all management’s decision making. We take necessary measures to institutionalize controls for all risks, minimize and mitigate the impact of our activities and also ensure all operations are carried out within the strictest safety standards. We focus on overall safety management through proactive inspections and monitoring, improved work processes, process safety and operational excellence initiatives, preventive maintenance, permit to work and fitness to work guidelines and a robust emergency preparedness regime.


ENVIRONMENT

The environment is a global village; the requirements to sustain the environment and tackle environmental challenges remain urgent and cannot be compromised. Protecting and preserving the environment is an important factor for business decision making and when we consider any new project or modification to existing operations. We constantly seek solutions to address environmental issues that affect our operations, and make efforts to see that new projects are developed in an environmentally compliant manner and that existing operations continue to reduce their environmental impact.

Climate change is of increasing global concern and has become a key sustainable development issue globally in the Oil and Gas industry. As a corporate responsible citizen, we play our role in tackling the global burden of climate change through our strategic approach focused on efficient use of energy and natural resources, biodiversity protection, reduction of atmospheric emission and reducing environmental impact through new and ongoing initiatives, awareness campaigns/programs and technologies.

In compliance with UNEP’s partnership for clean fuels and clean vehicles (PCFCV), NNPC in 2011 on the strength of its own resources, embarked on project for the residual Tetraethyl Lead (TEL) disposal, facility decommissioning, decontamination and remediation at all NNPC refineries (WRPC, KRPC and PHRC) to make for a Lead-free environment. This will earn Nigeria the UNEP certification of “Unleaded Gasoline Manufacturing Nation”.

NNPC is also active in promoting HSE awareness amongst staff through the circulation of monthly HSE themes and learning from incidents (LFI), celebration of World Environment Day (WED), Annual HSE Week and organizing other HSE campaigns and participatory activities for staff to keep them informed and updated on HSE matters. 


TEL evacuation at WRPC Tank cutting for ease of decontamination and transportation

POLLUTION CONTROL

Spillages of oil and products pollute the Environment, resulting in product and financial losses, reputational damage and sets people and assets at risk. To reduce the extent of damage whenever spills occur, we are apt in providing pollution control support and services to NNPC operational SBUs corporate-wide. GHSE coordinates the activities of six (6) zonal pollution control centres strategically located nationwide at Atlas Cove, Gombe, Kaduna, Mosimi, Port Harcourt and Warri.  The effectiveness of our oil spill preparedness and response is continually accessed and upgraded to maintain relevance and alignment to industry best practices.

 

NNPC-HSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

In continual demonstration of commitment to responsible HSE management practices in every aspect of our operations, NNPC recently developed, deployed and implemented a comprehensive HSE Management System (HSE-MS) corporate-wide, to modernize the culture and practice of HSE in the Corporation and to enable HSE risks to be mitigated and managed to As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). The NNPC HSE Management System which is in line with ISO 14001:2004/OHSAS 18001:2007 is living, evolving and auditable to help align NNPC HSE practices to international best standards and place NNPC at par and benchmark with similar world class companies.

The Management System (MS) has been adopted as a framework to guide HSE, support the business performance and drive continuous improvement across NNPC operations for a holistically improved overall business performance, sustainable development, sustained positive corporate image and assurance to all stakeholders of NNPC’s corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiatives.

NNPC is committed to the highest Health and Safety standards in touching lives in many positive ways, by reinforcing commitment to pursuing HSE excellence in all our operations.

We work today to ensure sustainable future for the next generation. 

HSE ACHIEVEMENTS

 NNPC has of recent, recorded significant achievements in its HSE performance including but not limited to:

  • Developed and publicized the first NNPC Group HSE Policy Statement signed by the CEO
  • Raised the status of HSE reporting line, awareness and responsibilities from Division to Directorate
  • Changed the name of the Department from Environment & Safety to HSE in line with known industry world practice and benchmarking with other national oil companies
  • Introduced and secured E&T DEXCOM approval for implementation of Risk Assessment Matrix as a decision making management tool
  • Introduced the practice of world class HSE Safety Management Walkthrough and Walkabout method of engaging Top Management Staff in safety compliance monitoring and enforcement.
  • Successfully completed the EIA studies for the thirty-six (36) NNPC Mega stations nationwide.
  • Carried out Health, Safety and Environment audit of 136 newly leased retail outlets to assess compliance with industry HSE standards (March 2010)
  • Initiated waste segregation practice in NNPC Towers and some subsidiaries as a means of improving waste handling and disposal method in line with industry best practice
  • Introduced circulation of learning from incidents (LFIs) to all staff for increased HSE awareness
  • Initiated and launched the 1st HSE bulletin for improved HSE awareness in the corporation
  • Identified engineering design omissions on NNPC towers complex of poor safety protection, and secured management approval for the safety improvement projects to protect data, equipment and facility as well as persons in the event of fire incidents
  • Undertook the containment, disposal and complete decontamination of tetraethyl lead (TEL) leaks and holding facilities at WRPC facility
  • Recommended and currently involved in the establishment of Business Continuity Plan for the corporation