Let's enforce safety protocols at workplaces- AOMCs Board Chair

By Jerry Akornor 

Chairman of Board of Governors of Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs) Henry Akwaboah has urged oil marketing companies in the country to consistently enforce safety protocols at workplaces.

According to him, achieving incident-free operations within the industry, offices and retail outlets is a collective responsibility that requires all hands on the deck. 

Speaking at the launch of 2021 AOMCs Safety Week Celebration in Accra-GIMPA on 7 Monday June 2021, Chairman of Board of Governors Mr. Henry Akwaboah said "The theme for this year's celebration is a reminder to all of us that achieving incident-free operations at workplaces requires involvement of all persons in the organization from the Chief Executive Officer to the lower rank under the chain of command. Particularly, leaders of organisations need to demonstrate unwavering personal attitude to inculcate such character in employees".

Mr. Henry Akwaboah, Chairman of Board of Governors of Association of Oil Marketing Companies holding packed file

In view of the above, CEO of Association of Oil Marketing Companies Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Duah says the outcome of deliberations of the week long safety celebration will be compiled to enhance learning lessons for industry players to intensify public education solely to improve operations in the sector.

Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Duah, CEO of Association of Oil Marketing Companies in white apparel holding documents

Contributing to the debate, Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency Henry Kwabena Kokofu says EPA will strictly hold state institutions and industry players to account making sure that culprits who fall foul of the law are dragged before court.  According to him, "attitudinal change is crucial to transforming the sector. If we don't change our attitudes, it will be difficult to get to where we want to get to".

Mr. Henry Kwabena Kokofu, Executive Director of Environmental Protection Agency in black suit 

But, the Inspector General of Police (IGP)  James Oppong Boanu in a speech read on his behalf by ACP Kwasi Arhin says his outfit will clamp down on armed robbers attacks on retail outlets. According to him, the police will not ignore its lawful mandate. 

ACP Kwasi Arhin in Police uniform 

"We are committed to our constitutional mandate of protecting property. Let me say that criminals who attack your retail outlets are operating as a network with some of your employees. Check the backgrounds of people before your employ them. Consult National Fire Service to train your personnel in order to overcome occupational hazards".


Meanwhile, CEO of Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors Senyo Hosi has called for strict enforcement of laws to ensure safety in the industry. According to him, persons who fail to comply with standards protocols must be exposed, arrested and prosecuted to deter others from wrongdoing. 

For his part, CEO of Consumer Protection Agency Kofi Kapito is of the view that the only to standards in the oil marketing sector is to ensure compliance in accordance with law. 

"The basic thing to do is to make sure our laws are obeyed. It's basic. I don't expect regulators to give me excuses when I report a matter to them".

Chief Executive of Private Enterprise Federation Nana Osei Bonsu wants those who smoke at gas stations must be check because sometimes, they have no clue what colleges it will trigger.

Director General of Ghana Standards Authority Prof. Alex Dodoo has charged oil marketing companies to employ health safety officers at retail outlets to improve standards. According to him, transparency, education, accountability and certification are crucial in ensuring safety standards in the oil marketing sector. He entreated oil marketing companies to comply with ISO: 45001 standard.

The 2021 Safety Week Celebration by Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMCs) is on theme "Reinforcing positive behaviour at the workplace to achieve the greatest participation of safety in this era of covid-19 pandemic". The week long cerebration is expected to assemble experts within the oil marketing industry, regulators including officials from the National Petroleum Authority, Energy Ministry, Police, National Security  Ministry, National Fire to brainstorm and devise ways to improve safety.

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