The Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC) has launched the 3rd edition of its safety week celebration to ensure the protection of lives and properties. The event brought together stakeholders to deliberate on safety in the petroleum downstream sector. Speaking at the event on the theme “Leveraging Technology and Compliance to Assure Safety at the Retail Outlet,” the board chairman of AOMC, Jonny Crosby Blagogee, outlined measures and policies put in place to enhance the protections of lives and properties at the forecourts and refiling plants.
He indicated, AOMC remain resolute in its efforts and belief to attain the zero-injury target. “The association therefore decided to leverage technology and the competence of our employees, as well as updating our standards over and above that of our regulatory bodies, in effect use theirs as the minimum,” he added.
The CEO/industry coordinator of AOMC, Kwaku Agyemang-Duah explained that the AOMCs is working tirelessly with stakeholders to attain zero-degree injuries in the industry. He said the issue of health and safety are paramount to the association. “We truly believe the cost of non-compliance to safety is more expensive than compliance.” Consequently, we have fashioned a process to ensure that all levels of our operational endeavours are fully imbibed in safety because Safety and Quality is our business.
According to him, this includes peer review auditing to which the requisite logistics are in place to commence in the second half of the year. He called on everyone present at the event, who has the knowledge, the skill and the motivation to assist in the bid to make the industries operations ‘zero-injury’ a success to come on board,” he added.
The Chief Executive of National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Alhassan Tampuni commended the association for taking bold steps to educate the public on safety measures concerning oil and gas in the country. According to him, in order to improve the safety measures, the NPA has undertaken some activities to actualize the aim such as intensifying the safety mechanism to ensure compliance and sanctioning companies that failed to comply.
Alhassan Tampuni explained further that the country is currently having under his control about 115 and 42 licensed Oil and LPG Marketing Companies with about 4000 retail outlets, indicating about 4 percent growth in the industry.
He also revealed that NPA in collaboration with the Driver’s and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the Road Safety Limited have developed a module for training and certification of drivers of OMCs in accordance with Road Traffic regulations, 2012, Legislative Law (LI) 2180.
The event was attended by industry players and stakeholders and sponsored by Afritech Solutions, Stark Energy, Bidi Group, Care 24, Elarflex, Universal Engineering, among others.