Project Description

PLIPDECO’s number one focus is the protection of people and the environment. That focus encompasses health, safety and the environment.

“Our responsibility is to ensure that all hazards and risks are identified and mitigated against,” says HSE Manager Gerrel Traboulay

“This is for all persons working in and using PLIPDECO facilities, and also for the general public in the area.”

Bearing in mind the high concentration of chemical, petrochemical and other hazardous activities on the Point Lisas Industrial Estate, it is hardly surprising that PLIPDECO’s rules and regulations are particularly stringent – and strictly applied and checked.

Every year, hundreds of employees and Port Users undergo PLIPDECO’s orientation course, which involves up to two hours of instruction and training in health and safety, environmental protection and emergency response. The correct wearing of PPE is a standard requirement for entry into the Port area.

“We identify all the hazards and speak about mitigation and controls, and chemical emergencies”

“If there was any kind of emergency, we would expect all persons who come to the Port to have a basic understanding of what is happening and how to follow instructions. We carry out emergency exercises regularly, after which we analyse the response and close any possible gaps.”

Gerrel Traboulay, PLIPDECO, HSE Manager

A designated Chemical Shelter, or ‘safe house’, is located at Berth 3; this is for use by employees and users of the Port in the event of a chemical emergency. The facility is equipped with 100 face masks, direct oxygen air supply, a sulphuric acid scrubber and a 12-cylinder oxygen air-bank. Other designated safe havens are strategically located across the Port and the Industrial Estate.

PLIPDECO has two Health and Safety Officers working on every shift; each one is EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) trained and able to drive and operate an ambulance. PLIPDECO also carries out regular inspections of its tenants’ operations.

“We check each company on the Industrial Estate, conducting site visits in a rolling programme – checking to make sure they are compliant with all the statutory requirements, that they understand and implement any new national or international regulations, and also that they are in compliance with our lease requirements,” says Gerrel Traboulay.

Over the past six years, PLIPDECO has increased its focus on environmental management throughout the Estate; this has included closely monitoring all companies and carrying out detailed environmental testing, as it aims to minimise the impact on the environment.

• PLIPDECO’s Port and Industrial Estate sites are bounded by mangrove sites, making the area particularly environmentally sensitive. l As old installations and equipment are phased out, PLIPDECO focuses on lower-impact, energy-saving replacements – for example, installing low-energy lighting, running electrically powered gantry cranes and seeking to switch other equipment from diesel to electric where possible.

• A bird sanctuary is located alongside the container compound – from time to time, the famous scarlet ibises come in to roost there.

• Development of a waste management program for Port Operations.

ISPS awareness is a key part of PLIPDECO’s orientation training.

Security

Point Lisas is fully compliant with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and ISPS awareness is a key part of PLIPDECO’s orientation training. This means that all employees and Port Users are fully ISPS aware, understanding what the Code entails and their role in supporting Port security.

• PLIPDECO has over 200 CCTV cameras installed throughout the Port and Industrial Estate and is expanding it further to cover additional areas. CCTV is monitored around the clock and this will soon take place from a new dedicated CCTV manned command centre.

• Security patrols are out on the Port on a continuous basis. l PLIPDECO works closely with Customs and Excise, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, Industrial Estate tenants’ security teams and other agencies to ensure security.

• PLIPDECO is transitioning to an automated gate system and gate passes for personnel will free up more time for checking vehicles, underpinning security while also increasing performance.

Every year, hundreds of employees and Port Users undergo PLIPDECO’s orientation course, which involves up to two hours of instruction and training in health and safety, environmental protection and emergency response.

Over the past six years, PLIPDECO has increased its focus on environmental management throughout the Estate.

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