HEALTH, SAFETY, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES NOT NEGOTIABLE – AOMCS Chairman

The Chairman of Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCS), Mr. Kwaku Agyemang Duah has disclosed that issues related to Health, Safety and Environment are not negotiable.

He stated that a healthy workforce is beneficial not only to their organization but the entire people of Ghana.

He made this known at the launch of the Second Edition of AOMCS Safety Week Celebration 2018, dubbed ASWEC 2018 held in Accra under the theme: “Petroleum Safety, Prepare and Prevent.

The issue of Health, Safety and Environment, he said, are of great importance to all industry players of the Oil and Gas sector due to the fact that petroleum products are volatile and highly inflamable.

According to AOMS Chairman, the goal of the Association is to always achieve high standard ls with regards to Health, Safety and Environment.

He noted that risk assessment reduces accidents and that analysis show that most accidents could be avoided if risk assessment are properly done.

Deputy Energy Minister, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam said the LPG industry is becoming unstable, adding that the decision by the operators in the LPG industry to go on strike disrupts government’s efforts to increase LPG penetration in the country.

“I am getting worried because if you have a market that is unstable as a result of this threats, then all the efforts we have made, the achievements we have made to get to the 23% penetration will be eroded because we are going to have people going back to charcoal,” he lamented.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Petroleum Authority, Mr. Alhassan Tampuli said NPA as the regulator of the industry is deeply concerned about increase in petroleum related accidents that have occurred in the country.

He therefore charged all stakeholders in the downstream industry to aim at zero accidents, and pledged NPA’s commitment to develop and improve the safety standards and measures to conform to international best practices, and also ensure that all operators strictly adhere to such standards.

Mr. Tampuli said safety is a shared responsibility and urged all stakeholders including the general public to adhere strictly to all safety measures to prevent avoidable accidents from occuring.

Mr. John Alexis Pwamang, Ag. Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tasked facility owners to site their stations at appropriate locations and provide all the safety measures and also ensure safety control systems are functional and fit for purpose.

The Association of Oil Marketing Companies is an industry association and a private initiative by the oil marketing operators in Ghana.

They are an advocacy institution established to help direct downstream policy, legislation and regulation and pursue research towards the development of the downstream sector.

The Association represents the collective interests of the companies involved in the oil marketing and petroleum products in Ghana, coordinating with the major Stakeholders in the Industry which include Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Finance.

By William Sarpong

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