Meridian Port Services reiterates commitment to safety

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Meridian Port Services (MPS), a container terminal operator, has organised a programme to throw more light on how much premium the company places on health and safety.

At the event, the management of the company reiterated its commitment to continue to strive for zero fatalities and lost time incidents (LTIs) in its operations through education and the provision of support guard for its workforce. 

“As the MPS Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) Department, our goal is to assist in eliminating or minimising any health, safety, environmental and security risks in terminal operations and prevent any loss of life, injuries, damage to assets or negative environmental effects,” the Head of The HSSE Department, Mr  Frank Ebo Brown, said in an interview with journalists in Accra. 

“Commitment to safety is defined as an individual’s willingness to work safely and his involvement in safety activities. It is also associated with a strong acceptance of, and belief in the organisation’s safety objectives and making the effort to improve safety in the workplace,” he added.

MPS is a public-private partnership between the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and Meridian Port Holdings,  which in turn is a joint venture with Bolloré Africa Logistics and APM Terminals.

Mr  Brown said for MPS, health, safety, security and the environment were vital aspects of its business values. 

“With meticulous safety measures, we place unparalleled priority on all safety and environmental considerations when managing our business, complying with all rules and regulations, both locally and internationally,” he said. 

He said the company recently released a comprehensive health and safety booklet for all staff, sub-contractors and visitors to the terminal outlining all health and safety rules when on the premises. 

To bolster the essential and life-saving message of committing to safety and working safely, Mr  Brown said the company had also taken the time to post its HSSE policy statement and health and safety signage across key locations at the terminal.  

“Certainly, MPS is uncompromising on its health and safety objectives. These include conducting the necessary risk analyses on each and every job description and subsequently developing and implementing safe systems of work which are then monitored closely,” he said.