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Published On: Thu, May 29th, 2014

Keeping our environment safe and healthy

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In Nigeria as in all countries in which, a Non Governmental Organisation, Health, safety and environment (NSE) operates, health, safety, respect for the environment and safeguarding of assets are essential to the efficient operation of its activities, and to its employees, contractors and other stakeholders. It is committed to having an HSE management system in force, in recognition of the fact that safe operations depend not only on technically good plants and equipment but also on competent personnel and an active HSE culture.

Keeping the environment healthy and safe wherever it works is a core value of the Total group worldwide. Since the beginning of its operations in Nigeria over 40 years ago, Total Upstream has kept to this ideal through sound Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) practices and a strict adherence to national and local regulations. In all its locations and sites, HSE staff work alongside other personnel to ensure that safety rules are observed. Regular drills, awareness programmes, performance indicators and anomaly reporting exercises are also carried out to increase safety consciousness with the aim of reducing accidents to the barest minimum. In cases of occasional spills (by accident or sabotage) a well trained team, equipped with state-of-the art tools, is maintained to contain and clean-up, preventing its spread to the neighbouring communities. The HSE division has developed an award programme to reward good safety performance and is also developing a safety suggestion programme.

The Total Upstream HSE Policy in Nigeria consists of twelve fundamental rules, which reinforce and adapt the corporate HSE to local exigencies, in addition to specific policies on Environment and Security management.

Source: NSE news

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