Vivo Energy, the market-leading company that distributes and markets Shell branded fuels and lubricants in Africa, held its annual Safety Day today.

Safety Day is an opportunity for all parties at Vivo Energy to refocus on the importance of Health, Safety, Security & Environment (HSSE). The theme of this year’s Safety Day, “From good to great”, invites employees, contractors and partners to think about ways of improving safety performance and culture across the entire business, with special attention on Vivo Energy’s HSSE focus areas of Road Safety, Contractor Safety, Process Safety and Security. The company’s ultimate ambition is to achieve a world-class safety culture, where HSSE is fully integrated into the ways of working for all parties at Vivo Energy.

Vivo Energy’s commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest international HSSE standards is at the heart of its business and in 2017 the company delivered an extremely strong safety performance, with a TRCF (total recordable case frequency) of 0.097.

Events were held across the company to ensure offices, depots, sites and service stations operate even more safely in 2019. All employees were invited to share their ideas to improve safety across the business, with the best suggestions being shortlisted to be implemented in 2019.

James Ngethi, Head of HSSE, Vivo Energy said: “Safety is an absolute priority for our business, our colleagues and our contractors. Ultimately, we want to achieve ‘Goal Zero’, which means no harm to people or the environment.”

Ngethi added: “Vivo Energy has a very strong safety record, but we can always do more. In 2016 and 2017, Safety Day focused on embedding the importance of potential incident reporting across the organisation, so that issues are prevented from happening as opposed to being fixed after they have occurred. We have successfully adopted a proactive culture of safety with more potential incidents being reported and closed. This year, we want employees to develop their own thoughts and ideas on what’s needed to improve our HSSE performance even further in the future; empowering our teams and reminding them that safety is the responsibility of all.”

In Vivo Energy Botswana staff members and contractors convened in Gaborone and Francistown where they engaged in workshops to come up with activities that will help improve HSSE culture and climb the safety culture in 2019.Employees and contractors who displayed an outstanding HSSE culture through the year were also recognised and rewarded.

Wayne Kingwill, Managing Director of Vivo Energy Botswana encouraged the team to never become complacent and continue to strive to be the best in class on HSSE performance and culture.

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