EMC was featured at the first American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Guyana virtual Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) conference, hosted in partnership with the Government of Guyana (GoG), on January 19, 2021.
The conference drew experts and organizations in occupational health and safety, environmental management, and security from across the Caribbean and Guyana to share knowledge and best practices, explore the evolution of HSSE regulations and compliance, and examine its significance now and in the future.
The EMC team shared its journey developing and implementing a robust HSSE System. Kandila Ramotar, EMC’s Senior Environmental Officer, referenced the Guyanese Proverb, “Nah one time a fire mek peas boil,” to describe the time, hard work, and collective effort required to maintain a positive HSSE culture at the firm. She noted that staff training and awareness, regular job hazard assessments, stringent HSSE office measures, and regular checks were crucial for EMC’s success.
EMC’s Director, Shyam Nokta, highlighted the need for inspired leadership, ownership, and accountability for teams to reap HSSE guideline benefits. “Achieving organizational safety goals requires leadership, both from managers and among the people doing the work,” he said. “A proactive approach to HSSE is vital in promoting a positive health and safety culture in the work-place, and safe business practices, especially in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.”
Work-place safety is essential for both employee and employer wellness, and firms should not underestimate its importance. EMC welcomes the initiative by AMCHAM to share best practices, thereby encouraging industry actors to keep updated on the latest guidance and put measures to manage the risk and protect workers, visitors, and clients.