NP (SL) Commemorates World Day for Safety & Health

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By Amin Kef (Ranger)

NP Sierra Leone Limited, NP(SL) Ltd, demonstrated its commitment to workplace safety and health by participating on Tuesday April 30, 2024 in the global observation of World Day for Safety and Health at Work. This year’s theme, “Impacts of Climate Change on Occupational Safety and Health,” shed light on how environmental shifts affect work environments, particularly relevant to the oil industry. The leading petroleum marketing company emphasized the critical need for ongoing safety measures.

Health and Safety Officer of NP, Saffea Thomas Gbamanja, call attention to the necessity of prioritizing safety in the workplace during an address to NP Tanker Drivers and other staff members at NP’s Patton Street Terminal in Freetown. He emphasized the invaluable role of employees, advising vigilance and timely vehicle maintenance to mitigate risks.

The event was graced by NP’s Management and staff, Bulk Road Vehicle (BRV) drivers, the local media and residents of the Kissy Shell community. A symbolic march from the Lower Shell Kissy main junction to the NP terminal symbolized unity in the pursuit of safer workplaces.

Speakers at the event explored the theme, discussing the interconnectedness of climate change and occupational safety. Practical demonstrations on the use of fire extinguishers and hoses highlighted the importance of readiness in emergencies.

In an interview, NP’s General Manager, Saidu Mansaray, stressed the significance of fostering a safety culture beyond the workplace to reduce injuries and prevent high-risk incidents like fire outbreaks. He urged consistent adoption of safe practices.

NP’s Senior Operation Engineer, Alhaji Williams, also emphasized heightened awareness and implementation of safety regulations, urging BRV drivers to prioritize responsible driving.

One of the company’s employees, Alpha Sheriff, called for the need to adhere to safety protocols, highlighting forthcoming climate-friendly uniforms to enhance safety.

A vehicle driver, Alfred Koroma, underlined the importance of personal commitment to safety, advising regular vehicle maintenance and the use of safety gear.

Executive Chief Driver, Sheki Kabba, raised concerns about route safety and underscored the need for better safety procedure understanding.

NP Sierra Leone’s observance of World Day for Safety and Health at Work underscores its dedication to employee well-being and community safety while highlighting climate change’s broader impact on occupational safety. The commemoration served as a reminder of the collective responsibility to prioritize safety amidst climate change challenges and industry risks.


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