Weafri harps on HSE standards to boost productivity
An indigenous oilfield services provider, Weafri Well Services Limited, has stressed the need for massive investment in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) standards to boost workers’ morale and guarantee optimum productivity.
Executive Director, Weafri Well Services, Chris Onyekwere, who delivered a presentation on Weafri’s model of employee safety and building a healthy work force at a monthly vendors’ meeting hosted by Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) in Lagos emphasised the need for companies to install systems that would guarantee optimum employee performance.
Onyekwere however urged the industry operators to incorporate into their HSE system a lifestyle change that would “increase productivity without compromise to work life balance.”
Using his company as example, he also emphasized that such a measure is projected to reduce Weafri’s work place injuries and medical cases, cut total recordable frequency rate (TRFR) for accidents by 50 per cent by year 2020 and “promote the health of employees in order to sustain both individual and business benefits.”
According to him, “Weafri is committed to protecting employees from work related hazards as well as promoting their health so that they can enjoy healthy lives at work and at home during and after active service years.”
He added that the company constantly encourages employees to change their lifestyle related behaviors and sustain new habits, through regular exercise, better eating habits and managing blood pressure, both at work and outside it.
He pointed out that health problems are major causes of increased absenteeism, poor performance at work and consequent remarkable man hour losses.
According to Onyekwere, there has been increase in medical cases mostly linked to high blood pressure and malaria sickness that has affected personnel productivity in the past five years.
He pointed out that whereas cases of high blood pressure placed some 15 percent of the workforce at risk, the highest recorded medical cases in workforce are credited to malaria which, according to him, has reduced productivity and increased absenteeism.”
Beyond taking medical care of the employees, Onyekwere said, employers must provide amenities and facilities that encourage high standards of hygiene in order to reduce infections that lead to sickness.
Unveiling the company’s workforce wellness projection for 2020, Onyekwere said, Weafri would reduce the Total Recordable Frequency Rate (TRFR) of medical cases associated with high blood pressure and malaria by 100 per cent from 2008 levels.