How we manage health, safety and environment issues
Health and safety
The Group and its contractors conduct safety training programmes immediately after engagement and before commencement of work. This will be followed up by refresher courses to maintain acceptable levels of safety. All teaching is based on the premise that every person is responsible for his/her own safety and awareness of potential danger is stressed.
Accident monitoring and prevention programmes will be implemented and statistics regularly produced. The intention of management is that all exploration, development or production sites have a nil accident frequency rate. However, close surveillance will be maintained to ensure that, should accidents occur, the accident is duly investigated to prevent repeat incidences, and that frequency rates compare favourably with international oil and gas accident statistics.
The health and safety of the communities are also fundamental to the sustainability of our operations and therefore adherence to health and safety standards is non-negotiable. Non-adherence is subject to appropriate measures of consequence management. All employees of the Group undergo safety training and regular refresher programmes are conducted.
The same obligations rest with our contractors who conduct safety training upon engagement and before the commencement of operations.
As previously reported, accident and incident monitoring mechanisms are in place. There are no injuries or fatalities to report for the year under review. The Group has achieved its performance standard in this regard.
The implementation of ISO 31000 by the Group in the next financial cycle will further enhance its total quality management approach.
The very nature of the oil and gas industry demands a heightened awareness of our impact on the environments where we operate and in this regard the Group is committed to minimising its impact on the environment. The Group can report that there were no significant breaches of environmental standards to report for the past financial year. The protection of limited water resources, pollution and the natural aesthetics of the environment through rehabilitation programmes remain key commitments.
Management ensures compliance with local environmental laws and regulations in the countries in which the Group operates, but will also ensure that the Group complies with global best practice where such practice requires compliance with a higher standard.
The Group is currently undertaking or is in the process of commencing the environmental and social impact assessments (“ESIA”) on its Botswanan and Malawian assets in the current financial year to ensure that the exploration activities planned by the Group are undertaken in an environmentally and socially acceptable manner.