, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 5 – Vivo Energy, the company that distributes and markets Shell products and services in 16 countries across Africa, held its annual Safety Day on Wednesday.
Vivo Energy employees and contractors reflected and focused on risks that they are exposed to on a daily basis, best practice from across the group and improvements that can be made to further strengthen Vivo Energy’s industry-leading safety performance under the banner of “Safety is in our hands.”
Wherever Vivo Energy operates in Africa, even in the most challenging environments, the company’s goal is to lead by example and set a new benchmark for world-class Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) policies and practices.
Being the best in HSSE is not an objective that sits apart from Vivo Energy’s overall ambitions. It is an integral and essential part of the business.
“Our commitment to HSSE is fundamental, enduring and non-negotiable and is the starting point for everything that we do: in our operations, in the communities in which we operate and with all our customers and suppliers” says Christian Chammas, CEO Vivo Energy. “Our performance to date has been positive, with key metrics showing that we have met or exceeded our tough targets in vital areas.”
In 2013 Vivo Energy delivered industry leading safety performance across the 16 countries in which it operates in Africa with a TRCF ( total recordable case frequency) of 0.35 and an LTIF ( lost time injury frequency) of 0.25.
In Kenya, Vivo Energy members of staff engaged the public on the benefits of crossing the road using footbridges and also visited St Anne’s, and Mbagathi primary schools in Nairobi and Mlaleo Primary School in Mombasa where they educated pupils on safety messages.
Mbagathi Road footbridge in Nairobi was the focus of the footbridge sensitisation activity and members of staff encouraged the public to cross the road using the bridge.
Speaking during the celebrations, Managing Director Vivo Energy Kenya Mr Polycarp Igathe said, “Safety is non-negotiable at Vivo Energy and the focus is on road transport, given the nature of our business. It’s the responsibility of each member of staff to ensure that the culture of safety continues to be exhibited all times.”
He added, that it is the duty of all Vivo Energy Kenya staff to act in line with the theme of the day, Safety is in our hands – drive it at home at work and on the road. “I am happy to note that today, we have sensitised the public at Mbagathi footbridge to stop risking their lives by running across the highway but to use the footbridge at all times. It takes only a few minutes to climb up and down the bridge and you are sure you will not get knocked by a vehicle.”
At Mbagathi Primary school, a safety corner was unveiled. The corner will be used by a team from the Lollipop project to continually educate the pupils on road safety.
The Lollipop project is a community road safety initiative based on the commitment that no child should ever have to negotiate dangerous traffic on his or her way to or from school.
The highlight of the celebrations was awarding the top three students from each class in the schools visited who had the best road safety artwork and essays as part of a competition commissioned by Vivo Energy Kenya.