Takoradi To Host Safety Conference

Samuel Duckworth Essilfie

Samuel Duckworth Essilfie, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sophies Management Systems Incorporated, has called on organizations to put the right systems in place to ensure continuous improvement in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) issues at their workplaces. 

He said HSE issues were not working well in some of the extractive industries in the country and the time had come for organizations to sit up and address such issues.

Speaking at a media launch of the 2020 Excellence in Safety Leadership Conference (ESLC) slated for April in Takoradi, Mr. Essilfie said, “The right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as ear plugs, hard hat, and high visibility vest, among others, are not used by some of these workers when working on the field.”

Mr. Essilfie explained that the Western Region had become the hub of Ghana’s economic activities and with the influx of international organizations providing varied services with the extractive and allied industries there was the need to intensify education on safety. 

The conference, which will be themed: “The importance of Health, Safety, Environment and Security Awareness and Standardization,” is being done in collaboration with the Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC).

It would focus on common safety standards in the mining, construction, oil and gas, hospitality and security forces, as well as close the gaps identified within Quality, Safety, Health, Environment and Security (QSHES).

The Western Regional branch of the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) will also speak on “the role of the media in HSE awareness with emphasis on corporate social responsibility within the region.”

Besides, there will be in-class interactive study on formal hazard identification, assessment and control of the use of appropriate PPE, among others.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi