PSO has a comprehensive HSE
Action Plan, which is being gradually implemented
By Dr. Altaf Hussain
April 22 - 28, 2002
HSE stands for Health, Safety and Environment. Here
health means occupational health, which deals with identification,
evaluation and control of such chemical, physical, biological and
psychological hazards at workplace which otherwise may cause some
diseases and impairment of health.
Safety covers identification, evaluation and control
of such factors that mostly arise from unsafe acts of human beings at
workplace and cause accidents, resulting in human injuries and property
loss and also near-misses that may have the potential to cause an injury
or property loss.
Environment here means control of industrial
pollution i.e. identification, evaluation and control of such factors
emanating from an industrial activity that can have detrimental effects
on surroundings i.e. soil, water and ambient air.
HSE IN PSO
HSE is given a high priority in PSO. Whether it is
tanker loading or unloading, tank lorry filling or decanting, storage or
transportation of product or dispensing operation at retail outlets,
prevention of accidents and fires is always a major consideration.
In order to achieve high standards of HSE
performance, PSO has an HSE Policy, which is essentially a declaration
of the company's commitment to the overall HSE objectives. For the
achievement of HSE objectives, the company has established an HSE
organization, which comprises of HSE Department, HSE Steering Committee
at the Managing Director's level, HSE Coordinators across the company
and HSE Site Committees at various sites.
PSO has a comprehensive HSE Action Plan, which is
being gradually implemented. HSE procedures are being developed and some
of these have already been established. Various other standard
components of HSE programme, including regular safety talks, are also in
Identification of equipment deficiencies and their
rectification is being effectively pursued. Decantation facilities at
retail outlets are being continuously improved. Testing of LPG cylinders
to fulfil legislative requirements is continuing.
A major initiative of developing operating
instructions for various routine operations and making them available to
workers is almost complete. The HSE Manual that contains HSE Procedures
and relevant documents has been developed.
HSE training of management and non-management staff
is being aggressively pursued. A large number of the staff has already
undergone training in HSE orientation and in various HSE procedures,
which have already been installed in the company. The training of the
staff at retail outlets through the use of the PSO Mobile Quality
Testing Units has also been initiated.
The activity of routine and special audits of various
sites is being effectively progressed. No New Vision Retail Outlet is
commissioned without prior HSE certification.
The company is conscious of the fact that there is a
lot more to be done in the area of Health, Safety and Environment.
Hence, the company is fully committed to pursue its efforts to
continuously improve the HSE performance.