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HEALTH AND SAFETY ASSURANCE
Belemaoil has a comprehensive Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) policy pinned on the need to take proper care of the health and safety of its employers, stakeholders and assets to provide sustainable management of the environment.
In line with this, Belemaoil is committed to:
- Protecting the people, environment and assets in all its operations.
- Ensuring visible Health Safety and Environment leadership by management.
- Complying with applicable HSSE legislations, regulatory and global best practices.
- Establish Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) program.
- Identify workplace and environmental risk arising from operations and reduce them to as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).
- Promote a good safety culture in which all Belemaoil employees and contractors actively demonstrate personal commitment to HSE.
- Proactively manage the safety and integrity of our assets by continual applying proven protocols and standards.
And in this way we target a HSSE performance we can be proud of, to earn the confidence of not only our Contractors, Suppliers, and Shareholders but the public at large.
Belemaoil conducts regular monitoring of its own HSSE performance, in line with the various regulatory bodies, to achieve sustainable improvement and to nurture a positive HSSE culture within the organization.
Ambient Air Monitoring: To ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and Belemaoil HSSE policy, key environmental indicators are regularly monitored to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory limits.
Rainwater Monitoring: Weekly environmental monitoring of the recipient water body is carried out to assess the impact of Belemaoil treated effluents and to confirm that Belemaoil activities are not interacting adversely with the environment.
Sewage Treatment and Disposal: Belemaoil has a sewage treatment plant and all domestic sewage from the residential Area are treated in this facility so that only treated clean water flows into the river. The sewage treatment plant is designed to meet the stringent effluent water quality specifications as recommended.
Solid Waste Management: Belemaoil waste management plan complies with the concepts of ‘WASTE MANAGEMENT HIERARCHY’ and ‘DUTY OF CARE’ for both on-site and off-site waste treatment and disposal activities. The principle adopted for solid waste is the ‘Cradle to Cradle (C”C)’ principle, which is fundamentally the suitable and controlled management of solid waste, supported by the 4R philosophy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Recover. ‘Duty of care’ audits are regularly carried out with federal and state government regulators. Belemaoil Waste Management System aims are to reduce waste produced and constantly increase the percentage of wastes recycled or reused when compared to the segment disposed-off or stored on-site.
Salt- and Brackish-Water Marshes
- These are grassy wetlands composed of emergent herbaceous vegetation in salt water settings
- Width of the marsh can vary widely, from a narrow fringe to extensive areas
- They are relatively sheltered from waves and strong tidal currents
- Resident flora and fauna are abundant with numerous species with high utilization by birds, fish, and shellfish
- Located within most bays and estuaries
Predicted Oil Behavior
- Oil adheres readily to marsh vegetation
- The band of coating will vary widely, depending upon the tidal stage at the time oil slicks are in the vegetation; there maybe multiple bands
- Large slicks will persist through multiple tidal cycles and coat the entire stem from the high-tide line to the base
- If the vegetation is thick, heavy oil coating will be restricted to the outer fringe, with penetration and lighter oiling to the limit of tidal influence
- Medium to heavy oils do not readily adhere or penetrate the fine sediments, but can pool on the surface and penetrate into burrows and root cavities
- Light oils can penetrate the top few centimeters of sediment and deeply into burrows and cracks (up to one meter)
- Under light oiling, the best practice is natural recovery
- Heavy accumulations of pooled oil can be removed by vacuum, sorbents, or low-pressure flushing. During flushing, care must be taken to prevent transporting oil to sensitive areas down slope or along shore
- Cleanup activities should be carefully supervised to avoid vegetation damage
- Any cleanup activity must not mix the oil deeper into the sediments; trampling of the roots must be minimized
- Cutting of oiled vegetation should only be considered when other resources present are at great risk from leaving the oiled vegetation in place.