In line with our Group Health, Safety and Environment Policy Statement, NNPC is committed to conducting its business in a manner that promotes the health and safety of its employees and all stakeholders and assets, as well as protect the environment.
NNPC’s Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Department is mainly responsible for the administration of corporate matters on occupational health, safety and environmental protection. The unit renders services that include Corporate Environmental Protection and Safety Management, compliance with Corporate Safety Standards, Pollution Control, Fire protection, Emergency preparedness and response, conducts Corporate-wide Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) awareness campaigns, enforcement of compliance, provide HSE consultancy services to SBUs/CSUs, carryout compliance audit and HSE internal training as well as institutionalize Health, Safety and Environment related culture in the Corporation.
At NNPC, the safety of our people, protection of our environment and assets are the main focus. Our first priority is the prevention of avoidable emergencies and such other incidents as fire disasters, oil spills, effluent discharges, gas emissions and releases; but when they do occur, we respond swiftly, learn from each incident and improve our readiness. We ultimately aim to achieve “goal zero” with zero incidents to ensure no-harm-to people and no-harm-to environment viz: zero emissions, zero spills, zero effluent discharges, zero fatalities and zero litigation.
This we achieve through our standard Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) practices which holistically improve overall business performance, enable sustainable development, sustain positive corporate image and assure all stakeholders of NNPC’s corporate social responsibility and sustainable development initiatives. In continual demonstration of responsible HSE management practices in every aspect of our operations, we have advanced rapidly in the implementation of a comprehensive HSE Management System (HSE-MS) corporate-wide, enabling HSE risks to be mitigated and managed to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).
HSE fits strategically into NNPC’s mandate by working in the best possible way to balance and integrate all aspects of environment and safety considerations into all NNPC business objectives and decisions. These considerations include among others, strong HSE management and performance in NNPC Engineering designs, construction and technology selection, continuous development and training. 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 Engineering projects and operations.
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