The Proman family of companies has completed its first-ever virtual Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) week of activities.
The event, held from November 23 to 27, utilised technology amid the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling participation across other Proman global locations in the United States, Mexico and Portugal.
An online portal designed to provide employees with real-time access to all resources related to the programme was created as the hub of the event.
The theme was “Investing in the Sustainable Development of our People, our Places and our Local Economy is our Responsibility”.
A statement from the company noted that HSSE week formed part of Proman Trinidad’s annual corporate agenda, to build engagement and share best practices with employees and our local services and contractor partners across the industry.
Keeping the spotlight on organisational safety and sustainability, the HSSE programme also engaged the families of employees through a variety of virtual activities that included a children’s art competition on the theme; virtual tours of local environmental heritage sites and attractions such as the Nariva Swamp, Matura National Park and the Tobago Main Ridge Forest Reserveas well as interactive videos reminding about the importance of mental health and physical well-being beyond the workplace.
The week also featured a discourse on Sustainability by David Ramjohn, Global Head at KindEarthTech, spotlight on fitness through virtual Zumba, interactive lectures on process safety management, personal security awareness, operations best practices and mental health and wellness.
Additionally, in line with Proman’s commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the company’s Energy Management Committee, which was launched earlier this year, also delivered an interactive presentation on the business’s policy framework and ambitious agenda of sustainability, clean energy and energy efficiency initiatives.
Claus Cronberger, Proman’s Managing Director in Trinidad said: “The execution of HSSE week has reinforced the resilience and innovation capability of our people. Even in Proman Proman completes its first digital-only Health, Safety, Security and Environment week November 27, 2020, the face of a global pandemic, our team rose to the challenge and developed a safe and commendably interactive platform to ensure the principles of physical and mental wellbeing, safety and sustainability remain at the forefront of our company’s culture.”
Rishen Doolarchan, Proman’s Head of HSEQ who led this year’s event stated: “As we navigate through unchartered waters of the last few months, we are learning to adapt to new ways of working and supporting our people. I am particularly pleased with our team’s delivery and the involvement of our local vendors in this virtual initiative. During these challenging times, it is important that we create opportunities to support our local businesses, share ideas and continue stimulating our local economy.”
Proman has also spared no effort in developing and implementing rigorous site-wide protocols in Trinidad and Tobago. A few of the key measures included non-contact thermal scanners, smart glasses to facilitate real-time virtual connectivity between operations and offsite personnel during critical evaluations and the use of motion sensor activated 360° whole-body disinfection tunnels.
This has reportedly enabled employees and contractors to work approximately 2.1 million man-hours and execute two major plant turnarounds (TAR) between March 2020 and September 2020 without a positive COVID-19 case at any of its facilities.