APM Terminals says it is committed to protecting its employees, business partners, host community and customers by ensuring that its operations are carried out safely and securely with minimal impact on the environment.

The Terminal Manager, APM Terminals Apapa, Steen Knudsen, in a statement on Tuesday, said this during the commemoration of the annual Global Safety Day.

The theme of this year’s Global Safety Day is ‘We make it safe to speak up’.

He stated that the terminal operator fulfilled its commitment by providing a safe, healthy and secure work environment, complying with relevant health, safety, security and environmental legal and contractual requirements.

“Ensuring business continuity to its customers through the consistent application of effective HSSE-related processes and ensuring that HSSE risk management is embedded across its operations and decision-making process to secure sustainable growth and earnings,” Knudsen noted.

According to him, the firm has chosen to promote its commitment to fostering an environment where employees feel confident to ask questions, raise concerns and suggest solutions through the programme.

He added that APMT had a system in place that fosters feedback at the supervisory, managerial and leadership levels.

“It is important as we grow up in the organisation that we are comfortable in challenging the status quo and taking the challenges very seriously will create positive changes and improvements in the business.

“We need to be able to stand up and say when things are not right or when we have ideas to improve something. It might take courage, but it is the duty of all APM Terminals employees – so that we can avert incidents that can lead to fatalities,” he said.

Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of APM Terminals Nigeria, Frederik Klinke, appreciated the employees and other stakeholders for maintaining a high safety record at the facility.

Klinke said the act of speaking up contributed to the process of finding solutions to safety challenges at the port.

Also, the Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Mohammed Bello-Koko, commended APMT for observing the annual Global Safety Day to promote safety in the workplace.

Bello-Koko, who was represented at the event by the General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment, NPA, Mrs Khadijat Sheidu-Shabi, said, the exercise would also encourage global awareness and actions related to safety and health.

“Your voice has the power to prevent accidents and to save lives. So, let us make safety everyone’s responsibility,” Bello-Koko said.

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