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  • "Nothing compromises safety!" - Atlantic CEO

    Nigel Darlow, CEO of LNG producer Atlantic has said that companies cannot afford to get “blown off course” in the short term by low oil and gas prices and cut costs related to their health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) systems.

    Darlow was speaking at the 19th annual American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago’s HSSE Conference, which was staged recently in partnership with Atlantic as title sponsor.  Darlow said that while the current external environment for the energy sector presented challenges, all companies could agree that nothing compromises safety.

    “You can’t get blown off course by short term prices,” the Atlantic CEO said.  “I think you should plan and execute your strategy on the long term, so cost shouldn’t come into it from that perspective in terms of what’s happening in the external environment today with low oil and gas prices.”

    Darlow added that the uncertain economic environment presented an opportunity for companies to ensure that their HSSE systems were fit for purpose and preserving safe operations.  Regular audits of safety systems "have to be genuine and authentic and not just ticking boxes," he said.  "I passionately believe that every injury is avoidable."

    Explaining that Atlantic’s safety culture was a key contributor to the company’s record of nearly 30 million hours of operation or almost eight years without a Lost Time Incident (LTI), Darlow said that leaders must be aware of the significant role they played in setting the tone of a company’s culture.  

    “You have to be prepared to empower people to stop work if it is unsafe, and you have to make sure that you are encouraging and rewarding good reporting,” Darlow said. “Make sure that your people know that it is safe to report unsafe work. Then, we leaders have to do something about it – we have to follow up.”

    AMCHAM T&T’s HSSE Conference & Exhibition is the Chamber’s primary initiative for the promotion of HSSE best practice and new concepts and sharing of information.  The two-day event featured presentations and panel discussions by local, regional and international HSSE professionals and experts, including a keynote address by Professor Andrew Hopkins, one of the world’s thought leaders in Process and Occupational Health and Safety.