LINKAGE Q3 (2022) - RE-IMAGINING HSSE
By The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
UWI students pose with senior university and TATT officials. UWI’s Ms. Kristy Mannette-Smith, Manager, Financial Advisory Services Department, Division of Student Services & Development (far left); Dr. Kim Mallalieu, TATT’s Deputy Chairman (centre, foreground); Mrs. Cynthia Reddock-Downes, TATT’s CEO (far right) and Professor Indar Persad, UWI, Vice Principal on Mrs. Downes’ left.
The pathway to development is deeply rooted in knowledge. Recognising this, the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT), through its two-year Bursaries for Tertiary Students initiative, distributed the first tranche of cheques to twelve students undergoing Information and Communications Technology related studies at the country’s state-owned tertiary institutions.
Based on their academic performance, each of the twelve students received $10,000.00 to cover expenses for the 2022/2023 academic year. The second tranche will be distributed at the start of the 2023/2024 academic year to the same students once they maintain the requisite-grade point averages.
Senior academic officials of the three state-owned tertiary institutions - College of the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, The University of the West Indies, and the University of Trinidad and Tobago - along with the bursary recipients, were present at the bursary distribution ceremony on 23rd September 2022.
This initiative was developed to support and enable the development of Trinidad and Tobago’s cadre of ICT professionals, as the country actively pursues transformation towards a digital economy.
COSTAATT bursary recipients pose with senior university personnel and TATT officials. Third from left are Dr. Kim Mallalieu, TATT’s Deputy Chairman; Dr. Naseem Koylass, Vice President Academic Affairs, COSTAATT, on Dr. Mallalieu’s right and Mrs. Cynthia Reddock-Downes, TATT’s CEO (far right)
Dr. Kim Mallalieu, Deputy Chairman of the Board of TATT, told the audience at the event, the initiative “is a demonstration of TATT’s commitment to the development of Trinidad and Tobago through digital transformation”. Dr. Mallalieu told the students they are needed “to propel meaningful, value-centric, digital transformation for our country to achieve its developmental objectives for all our citizens”. She added, “the bursaries are one way that we recognise the importance of your learning and subsequent professional journey to national development”.
In her opening remarks, Mrs. Cynthia Reddock Downes, TATT’s Chief Executive Officer, said the initiative “is another building block towards this country’s quest for digital transformation. Mrs. Reddock-Downes highlighted the Government of Trinidad and Tobago’s vision for digital transformation, focusses on three pillars:
Dr Mallalieu told students, “we must keep in mind that technologies cannot, of themselves, impact development. The human element is key: not only to build the technologies, to programme them, to analyse their use and impact, but also to create rules and regulations to ensure the amplification of gains and the curtailing of harms”.
Dr Mallalieu cited a statement by the United Nation’s Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, at the start of the last UN General Assembly, about the lack of guardrails around promising new technologies to heal disease, connect people and expand opportunity. Therefore, she told bursary recipients, “it will fall to you to ensure that there are guardrails around technology, that we profit from the good and are protected against the harms.
Standing with the UTT bursary recipients are Professor Stephen Joseph, Assistant Vice President, Office of Undergraduate Studies UTT (far left); Dr. Kim Mallalieu, TATT’s Deputy Chairman (centre, foreground); Professor Prakash Persad, President UTT (on Dr. Mallalieu’s right); and Mrs. Cynthia Reddock-Downes, TATT’s CEO (far right).
“TATT anticipates the outcome of this initiative will be tangible as at the end of your successful courses of study; you will have the certification that will allow you to contribute to the development of this country’s telecommunications and broadcasting sectors if you choose to remain in Trinidad and Tobago. If you choose to go further afield, this country will still benefit due to global interconnectivity, Mrs. Downes added.
The Bursaries for Tertiary Students initiative aligns with Development Theme 1 of the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s Vision 2030 National Development Strategy (2016-2030) – Putting People First: Nurturing Our Greatest Asset. Goal 7 of Development Theme 1 envisions this country having “a modern, relevant education and training system”.
Bill Sims Jr. – President, The Bill Sims Company Inc. Author & Safety Expert
For years, safety leaders have been challenged with hitting the goal of ZERO injuries. But is zero the right goal? Or is there a better way to drive continuous safety improvements?
Bill will also be hosting the workshop: "Beyond Zero Injuries" on Day One at the HSSE Conference. At this workshop, participants will learn what lies beyond zero and discover why this should be the goal to help you survive and thrive in today's competitive landscape.
The CEOs Panel has become one of the most coveted sessions of the HSSE Conference which featured some of the leading and most influential CEOs and C-Suite Executives sharing key insights into managing their company’s operations while maintaining a culture of safety.
Ronald Adams – CEO, Atlantic LNG Company
Dominic Rampersad – President, Phoenix Park Gas Processors Limited
David Campbell – President, BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC
Eugene Okpere – VP & Country Chair, Shell Trinidad PROMAN Trinidad & Tobago
Do your employees tell you what they really think, OR do they tell you what they think you are able to hear? HOW DO YOU KNOW THE DIFFERENCE?
Learn how you can be an open, responsive, and inclusive leader who listens to your team.
Scott DeBow – Principal of Health/Safety & Environment, Avetta
Stephanie Le Blanc-Godfrey – Global Head of Inclusion for Women in Color, GOOGLE
Kevin Bampton – CEO, British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS)
Fatigue management is a shared responsibility between management and workers as it involves factors both inside and outside of work. Discover how to better manage fatigue-related risks to decrease the risk of accidents and injuries in the workplace and increase productivity and performance.
Kheston Walkins – Chief Neuroinnovation Officer, Allegori
Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar – Chief Medical Advisor, Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad & Tobago
Moderated by: Fitzroy Harewood – President, Point Lisas Nitrogen Limited
What you don’t know CAN hurt you. Process Safety hazards can escape the human sense – some cannot be seen, heard or smelled. So, how do you know what hazards are present. This session will teach leaders and employees to see hazards differently while learning about hazard and risk mitigation.
Ann Lindsey – Managing Director, United States, HSE Global
Wayne Mohan – Manager, Process Safety, Heritage Petroleum Company Limited
Andre Perseval – Principal Consultant, Shamrock HSE Consultancy
Moderated by: Balchan Jadoonanan, HSE Manager, Atlantic LNG Company of Trinidad & Tobago
How organisations handle and manage the immediate aftermath of a serious incident can have a huge impact on how the public, the regulator and courts judge them. This session will look at what is required not only after the incident, but also what you can do before to ensure that the aftermath is appropriately handled.
Pettal John-Beerens – Deputy Director-Legal, OSHA
Catherine Ramnarine – Partner, M. Hamel-Smith & Co.
Owen Sandy – Emergency, Management Professional, PODS Marketing Mix Limited
Eugene Tiah – Consultant
Eugene Tiah is an Energy Expert who has 39 years of experience in all aspects of process plant engineering, operations and overall business management. He has held various positions in operations/project/ construction management and business development, in Trinidad and the US. Eugene will bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to this exciting and informative talk on the topic “A CEO’s CHALLENGE TO SAFETY AND BEING AN INDUSTRY CHAMPION” to close off the live sessions at the 26th Annual HSSE Conference & Exhibition.
CyberSecurity 101 Topics - “in the beginning you don’t have much in terms of cybersecurity - start with this - Building a security framework, Managed services, and The future of Cybersecurity Risk Managemen
Sem Ponnambalam – Founder & President, xahive
Moderated by: Stuart Franco, CEO, The TSL Group
Ricardo Martinez – Chief Revenue Officer, DigitalEra Group
Moderated by: Zia Paton, Partner - Consulting Leader, PwC Trinidad & Tobago
The session of an initial 35-minute briefing to explain why two-factor authentication is important, how it is used here locally, and the results we have seen. This will be followed by a 15-minute step-by-step demonstration of how a business could add this to its systems. It will conclude with a 10-minute Q&A session.
Bill Balint – Chief Information Officer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
Ben Dadson – Director of Information Technology Services, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
AMCHAM T&T's Chamber Experience & Imaging (CEI) Committee hosted another "Small Talk Big Links" (STBL) event for our members at The Factory Restaurant, Heartland Plaza, Chaguanas on October 13th, 2022.
This edition of STBL featured guest speaker Nicholas Huggins, NFT Artist & founder of Backyard Design Co., who was recently in the news for creating a Google Doodle on Google's homepage that featured several aspects of Trinidad and Tobago's culture.
Nick, who has made a name for himself in the world of NFTs, delivered a presentation on the topic: "WEB 3.0 - Converting Customers into your Salesforce". During his presentation, Nicholas explained the potential benefits of investing in NFTs and offered insightful advice on the future of NFTs with regard to how it's going to change and define our world.
The AMCHAM T&T CEI Committee hosted this session to deliver vital information and provide cutting-edge content about some of the great innovations happening in the world of tech. This session provided easy access to these opportunities in tech to help emerging leaders advance their business operations to stay both competitive and successful in this digital era.
In this issue of LINKAGE, we invite you to celebrate 26 years in HSE best practice and excellence with us!
Through our Annual HSSE Conference and Exhibition and the 12th Annual National HSE Awards, AMCHAM T&T has become the standard-bearer for the promotion of HSSE policies in the workplace and throughout wider society. After a quarter of a century of advocating for better policies and increased national awareness, HSSE has become fully embedded in the Chamber’s initiatives, and in our leadership. Nothing is more important to us than keeping our people safe and healthy, and protecting our environment.
The safety of our employees, the protection of our environment, and the overall health and well-being of our citizens is a responsibility that every agency, company, institution, and ultimately, every individual, share. If we hope to keep our planet safe for many generations, we need to realise that we all have a stake in HSSE. Each generation’s burden is different, and that's why for this year's HSSE Conference—and for this issue of LINKAGE—we are asking you to “Re-Imagine HSSE”.
We need to re-imagine HSSE because we are just now slowly emerging from a pandemic that has taken the lives of over 6.5 million people globally in the last two years. COVID has taught us that we must never become too complacent when it comes to keeping our people healthy.
We need to re-imagine HSSE because resting on our past achievements is not a measure of success. Success lies in what we are doing now to prepare for future problems and issues we are yet to experience.
We need to re-imagine HSSE through the deployment of digital technologies, which can help solve some of our future problems. The future of our world will be built around increased digital adoption, but with that comes the increased risks associated with cyber crimes, and we need to re-imagine HSSE to reduce those risks. We need to re-imagine HSSE in a more digitally connected world.
Our success and survival as a species has always depended on how well we mitigate risks to avoid catastrophic outcomes. Even as we continue investing in technology, we must focus on detecting and preventing cyber and other technological threats that are designed to cause major disruption to our businesses and the lives of private citizens.
We need to re-imagine HSSE in terms of addressing mental health, particularly in the workplace. As leaders, we must treat mental health issues with the same level of urgency as we do with threats to our physical health. In an increasingly uncertain world, the workplace must become a more psychologically safe space for our employees to reduce their fear of the future and to allow them to share a sense of progress.
If we re-imagine HSSE in the workplace, we can reduce inequality and division in our entire society. No longer can we perceive social issues as isolated from the health and safety issues in our workplaces. They are intricately connected.
Re-imagining HSSE is not about abandoning all of the processes and policies that have kept us safe in the past, but about widening the lens of HSSE to adopt new perspectives and address non-traditional topics that impact the health and safety of all citizens.
This issue of LINKAGE will highlight some of these issues and hopefully, it will advance the leadership required to increase the number of safer spaces for people to feel empowered to be themselves and perform their duties, regardless of their background, circumstance, or location. I hope you enjoy the articles in this issue of Linkage, and we look forward to welcoming you to our 26th Annual HSSE Conference & Exhibition from November 1st to November 3rd at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
For me, advocating for HSSE policies in the workplace really comes down to leadership. I'm not talking about the leadership that is expected from the HSE Manager, but rather the leadership that comes from the top.
As CEOs and executives, the FIRST priority we have to our businesses is our people. Not profits or productivity. Those things are obviously important, but if we don’t start with our people, i.e. our employees, our clients, and our customers, then we have no chance of achieving success.
So, we must do everything within our power to ensure that our people feel safe, secure and comfortable when they show up to our job sites and workplaces. This may sound simple, right? Yet, so many leaders often drop the ball when it comes to creating a workplace that brings the best out in their employees. If we address their needs, including their health and safety needs, we will see higher productivity and profits.
Many people believe that we have not really processed the trauma that we have suffered over the past-decade and a half, from the 2008 housing crisis to the current possibility of nuclear war and an end to a golden era of peace. Perhaps when this pandemic is behind us, it will hit us. We don't need to wait for the lightning bolt of emotions to strike us, awakening suppressed hurt and manifesting in unexpected episodes of anger and rage. We can prevent this now by creating a culture of safety that allows us to reimagine HSSE for a new and changed era.
How many of us want to come to a job that values our contributions, recognises our ability, and adequately compensates our hard work? As leaders, that’s the environment we strive to create, right? So, why do so many organisations keep hearing angst from employees? Or, perhaps the better question to ask is: what are we doing as bosses that elicits this response from our people? I think this is where we as CEOs and executives have to reassess what the priorities and goals are for our businesses. Are we in the business of only making a profit, or are we also managing operations in a manner that builds tomorrow's leaders and adds value to people’s lives?
For me, I want my company and my staff to succeed. But how can I celebrate success, when they are feeling disillusioned from being overworked or undervalued? Am I creating a culture of safety that empowers them to show up every day and give one hundred percent, and then return the next day and do it all over again? Am I walking the talk? Am I willing to listen and change direction if I realise that I was wrong? These are questions we must ask ourselves as leaders.
Creating a safety culture in our workplace isn't only about implementing a set of rules and processes to follow. Yes, those things add value, and of course help to keep our people safe. But if we aren't creating safe spaces where employees know they are judged fairly, can share wholeheartedly, and are allowed to be themselves without fear or persecution, then how can we say a culture of safety truly exists?
I see this issue as being critical to the future of work, especially in a post-pandemic era. Therefore, we may have to relax some of the traditional ‘rules’. We shouldn’t be seeking to go back to January 2020; we should be working to create a better 2023 and beyond.
In this issue of LINKAGE, we will feature articles that will help you to Re-Imagine HSSE in a changing world to highlight how we can ensure our people always remain the top priority in our businesses. Personally, I’ve learned many leadership lessons from HSSE principles. We hope you enjoy the articles and I look forward to seeing more leaders lead mindfully and to learning from those of you are thinking differently—both about what worked and what didn’t. Hopefully, these articles help you as you re-imagine not just HSSE but work generally. Enjoy.
On October 1st, I took up my role as President for bp’s Trinidad and Tobago operations and I am looking forward to leading the bpTT business to achieve its full potential. As we deliver the energy the world needs, my highest priority is the safety of our people, our communities, the environment and our assets. My 38 years in this industry have taught me that invariably a safe business is a successful business, and also that safe business is not possible without putting people first.
I believe one of the best ways to understand safety culture in any business is to listen. As I met the teams at our offices and at our operating sites both onshore and offshore, I was struck by the commitment to getting the job done to be able to meet the energy needs of Trinidad and Tobago, and by the commitment to keep each other safe while doing so. This care for both country and for each other was deeply personal—and even in my day-to-day interactions outside the office I see this at play.
Our industry can be data-driven in the areas of personal and process safety. Statistics related to these areas give us a good sense of safety performance, however, while they play an important role, I believe that safety is not about numbers. Safety is about caring for others and I am constantly reminded that those statistics represent people: our teams, working diligently, day to day, operating in high-risk environments to deliver the energy we all need.
That’s why for me, as we seek to continuously improve our safety performance, it is important to understand how the workflows, systems and processes that we design impact how work actually gets done by our people on a job site. Understanding human factors has become critical in safety management, because it encourages us to focus deeply on how our people interact with their working environment, and how our systems and procedures support our teams in critical tasks and minimise human error. We are called to be more human-centered in how we plan, integrate and deliver work.
During my career, I’ve had the privilege of working in several areas of this industry and to operate in different countries and cultures. In each place I have worked, I have consistently seen that the best safety leaders lead by example and set the tone that shapes the safety culture of the organisation. In doing so, these leaders were able to develop a culture that encourages people to follow procedures, to learn from mistakes and to speak up when they see something that is not as it should be. And their teams always knew that there were no competing priorities when it came to safety—that they would never put business delivery ahead of doing the job safely.
At bp, we have set the expectations for how safety leadership should show up through five Safety Leadership Principles. We have said that together,
- we will not compromise our focus on safety
- we genuinely care about each other
- we understand how work actually happens
- we learn why mistakes happen and respond supportively and
- we encourage and recognise speak up.
They are simple, yet very impactful and guide how we are expected to lead at any site.
We also see the value in having consistency across the industry. We have adopted the industry standard of IOGP’s Lifesaving Rules and moved to a common framework for managing safety across organisations, suppliers and activities. This has provided a common safety language across the industry, allowing us to collaborate to drive safe and more efficient operations.
Our commitment to safety goes beyond our own organisation. Safety is not just about keeping our people safe, but it is also about the safety of the communities and environments where we operate. Managing our impact on the wider community is also a priority. Everything we do at bp is guided by our sustainability frame focused on improving people’s lives, caring for our planet and getting to net zero. It is not enough to be focused on our own organisation and teams, to be a sustainable business we must manage our social and environmental impacts. Whether that is reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, supporting the development of communities or managing how we use scarce resources: we have a duty of care to the communities where we operate.
Our people, processes, the communities in which we operate…they’re all interconnected. The way organisations like bp think about safety is evolving, with an increased focus on human factors and how those influence behaviours that can affect safe and efficient operations. I think we’re better off with this approach, but we want to learn from others from within and outside of the energy industry. While harnessing data and technology is improving the way we manage—not just safety—it is important to remember that there are people and families behind the numbers, whether they are working for us or live in the communities in which we operate. As leaders our first job must be the relentless focus on keeping people safe.
by AMCHAM T&T Staff Writer
The topic of cybersecurity will be featured prominently at AMCHAM T&T’s 26th Annual HSSE Conference and Exhibition from November 1st to 3rd, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain. The three-day hybrid event (both in-person and virtual) will explore many of the latest trends and new perspectives in HSSE by seeking to re-imagine leadership in health and safety against the backdrop of an evolving world.
While cybersecurity has always been part of the agenda at previous editions of the conference, this year will mark the first time that the topic will be featured as a stand-alone and independent session, called the “Cyber Track Conference”.
This decision came about because of the increased number of cyberattacks that have been reported both globally and locally in the recent past. Earlier this year, the Cyber Security Incident Response Team (TT-CSIRT) reported a massive increase in malicious cyber activity, targeting local and regional entities with Ransomware, Social Engineering (Phishing) and Malicious Insiders among the top threats to T&T. As the world leans more into technology, Trinidad and Tobago cannot ignore the threat that exists from the nefarious activities of hackers and other cybercriminals. A digital world requires us to protect our data and keep our people safe to avoid disruption to our lives and businesses.
Nirad Tewarie, CEO of AMCHAM T&T, said: “AMCHAM T&T sees this as an opportunity to bring together influential experts in cybersecurity who can deliver solutions to significantly reduce and, hopefully, eliminate cyber risks that many companies face today. By amplifying cybersecurity issues at this year’s HSSE Conference, the Chamber is reaffirming its commitment to strengthening cybersecurity preparedness and resilience within the private sector of Trinidad and Tobago.”
Recent cyber attacks on local companies have shown how this threatens operations and affects doing business in T&T. It is now more important than ever for every company wanting to stay competitive in this digital age to ensure that they strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks.
In an attempt to design a practical, actionable agenda for the “Cyber Track Conference”, AMCHAM T&T has compiled a team of respected local and international experts who will analyse the future of cybersecurity risk management, highlight the elements of an effective cybersecurity programme, ascertain how companies can effectively use their resources to achieve cyber resilience assessing risk scorecards.
Leading the discussions on these important issues will be Robert Dyson, Partner - Global OT/IoT Security Services Business Leader at IBM, who is one of the Featured Speakers at the Cyber Track Conference.
Digital Era Group's Ricardo Martinez, Chief Revenue Officer and Matthew Green, Director of Cyber Security Services
Ricardo Martinez, Chief Revenue Officer, and Matthew Green, Director of Cyber Security Services at Digital Era Group, will be tasked with assessing threats posed by cyber criminals and offering solutions.
All of this is in keeping with the theme “Re-Imagining HSSE” at the conference and exhibition, which explores new perspectives on HSSE policies and processes through embracing innovation, applying new tools and techniques, and transforming business models and governance to create a culture of safety throughout companies operating in the private sector.
“It’s not that we are asking companies to change all of the processes and systems which have worked so well for companies in the past,” said Tewarie. “What we are asking is that leaders and professionals re-imagine how we can utilise HSE policies for a world that is always evolving to remain ahead of the curve and, as much as possible, future-proof our systems and operations from problems that may impact our lives and businesses.”
“What we hope to gain from this year’s conference is an even better understanding of how we can make HSE more a part of our lives to keep our people safe while simultaneously protecting the natural environment,” Tewarie said. “Therefore, we must challenge our thinking about how we can adopt new concepts and tools to improve and advance the way we are addressing health and safety in our businesses and the wider society.”
“The conference this year will speak to some of the leading and lagging indicators that companies must take into account. If we’re solely focused on lagging indicators, we miss the real opportunity to influence the future.”
This year the conference will feature influential leaders such as Ronald Adams, CEO of Atlantic LNG; David Campbell, President of bpTT; Dominic Rampersad, President of PPGPL, and Eugene Okpere, VP & Country Chair of Shell Trinidad along with other industry leaders who will address these and many more important topics.
Some of the new topics and perspectives being introduced at the conference this year will at first glance seem outside the traditional approach to HSSE. The goal of this is to increase the leadership around these issues and improve the culture of safety that may already exist in certain organisations.
Topics such as neuroscience, psychological safety,
ESG, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
will also be addressed from the perspective of
health and safety at this year’s conference.
The DEI session is headlined by
Google’s Global Head of Inclusion for
Women of Colour, Stephanie Le Blanc-Godfrey.
STEPHANIE LE BLANC-GODFREY,
GLOBAL HEAD OF INCLUSION FOR WOMEN OF COLOUR,
Additionally, while mental health has been a hot-button topic in recent years, the expert speakers at this year’s conference will dig deeper to evaluate not just how companies can provide essential resources to protect their employee’s mental health but create a cultural change to build a psychologically safe workplace that fosters respect, compassion, and a better understanding of their employee’s mental wellbeing.
Finally, AMCHAM T&T will continue building its advocacy on traditional HSSE topics to share updated and important information to benefit the knowledge of HSE experts and managers, C-suite executives, and industry professionals. These topics include "Process Safety", "Human and Organisational Performance (HOP)", "Transformational Leadership", "BCP and Disaster Management", and "The Aftermath of a Serious Incident".
The live conference sessions will close on Day Two with a special session from Energy Expert – Eugene Tiah who will deliver a talk on the topic “A CEO’s Challenge to Safety and Being an Industry Champion”.
The Caribbean's leading HSSE Conference and Exhibition 2022 will feature an additional 40 renowned speakers that include:
The agenda will provide additional details for the full list of speakers and the respective sessions. The conference is scheduled for November 1st to November 3rd, 2022. It will be the first time in two years that participants will be allowed to attend the conference and exhibition in person, while a virtual audience will be able to view all of the conference sessions via the event online platform.
Meanwhile, the two-day HSSE Exhibition will be open to all members of the public from November 1st to November 2nd, 2022. There will be exhibitors from over 40 local and international companies participating in this year’s exhibition. These companies belong to a range of industries that include digital technology, cybersecurity, environmental engineering, energy, security, and many more.
Title Sponsor: Atlantic LNG
Platinum Sponsors: NGC Group of Companies, bpTT, Proman, Shell T&T, Woodside Energy, YARA Trinidad Ltd, DigitalEra Group, and Nio Digital.
Gold Sponsors: Nu-Iron Unlimited, Point Lisas Nitrogen Limited, Heritage Petroleum, and Hitachi Systems Security.
ALL interested persons who would like to attend the conference can REGISTER at: https://amchamtt.swoogo.com/hsse2022/.
The National HSE Awards are intended to promote the implementation of best practice HSE Management Systems, which embody the classical model for continual improvement through the ‘Plan–Do–Check–Act’ cycle.
Awards will be given in four categories:
Companies vying for the awards this year were asked to submit a screening form for approval by the judges before being invited to submit for awards consideration in the respective categories.
The 12th Annual National HSE Awards are sponsored by Title Sponsor Woodside Energy and Silver Sponsor Nestlé.
This category recognises companies that uphold HSE as a key business value and excel in both HSE and business performance.
This category recognises companies that have achieved significant improvements in the management of HSE. It seeks to encourage companies to successfully establish, implement and maintain HSE management systems to achieve a full systems approach to HSE management.
This category recognises companies that have excelled in managing their business response to the interruptions caused by COVID-19 and have reviewed and updated their business continuity plans to ensure their operational resiliency.
This category recognises companies who are committed to forging the path towards HSE excellence by the implementation of a project, which must be completed or significantly completed, in that it has resulted in significant and sustainable improvement in the organisation’s HSE performance and/or management programme.
The National Excellence in HSE Awards has been a major component of AMCHAM T&T’s annual HSSE Conference and Exhibition for the past eleven years. Today, the awards have become the de facto opportunity for businesses in Trinidad and Tobago to benchmark their health, safety, and environmental excellence. Since inception, the awards have added value to the event by not only highlighting excellent performance in HSE but by also encouraging companies to implement and uphold the highest standards of HSE management and practice, while always striving for continuous improvement and excellence.
Now in its 12th year, AMCHAM T&T is once more embarking on another chapter of its HSSE Advocacy that will increase awareness and compliance across all industries within the private sector. This year’s ceremony, which will be held on November 2nd, will also witness the expansion of the awards through a mentorship programme designed to assist companies seeking to enhance their health and safety policies and processes. Through this mentorship programme, companies that didn’t win but demonstrated commitment to improvement will have the opportunity to benefit from mentorship from various industry experts.
AMCHAM T&T CEO Nirad Tewarie welcomed the expansion and new introduction of the programme. “For 26 years, AMCHAM T&T has been a pioneer in promoting leadership on Health and Safety matters in the workplace. We are very proud of this record,” Tewarie said. “We are continuously looking for ways to do more to improve the safety culture. It is really gratifying for us that, with the support of members, we are able to expand the National HSE Awards through mentorship.”
MENTORS: (l-r) Gail Figaro, Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Phi-Onyx Services Ltd. and Daryle Sankar, Regional Safety, Health, Environment & General Services Manager at Nestlé
Mentors will be drawn from companies that have won the National HSE Awards in any category at least three times. Currently, Daryle Sankar, Regional Safety, Health, Environment & General Services Manager at Nestlé, and Gail Figaro, Managing Director and Principal Consultant at Phi-Onyx Services Ltd., have been selected as mentors in the programme’s inaugural phase. Total Convenience Management Ltd. and HHSL Safety Systems Ltd. are the first two companies to have registered as mentees in the programme.
“The transfer of expert knowledge from our HSE professionals who will now act as mentors will further the mandate to improve health and safety systems, and culture across businesses,” Tewarie said. “Additionally, increasing the number of companies that are actively enhancing their safety cultures will contribute to ensuring that we remain an attractive destination for foreign investors to conduct business. Overall, this is a win for everyone involved.”
Meanwhile, National HSE Awards Chair, Gerard Rajkumar, said the inclusion of the HSE mentorship component is a landmark moment for the awards, which have been officially endorsed by the Ministry of Labour since 2011. “This ensures that a company leaves the awards process stronger than they entered so that no one is a loser. This will distinguish these awards from any other and can be considered another small but meaningful step in improving HSE awareness and performance in the country.”
“One accident prevented, one life saved, is more than enough reward for us to continue to promote and grow these awards at a national, and even regional level,” Rajkumar said.
(National HSE Awards Chair: Gerard Rajkumar, Manager and Lead Consultant, Sygma Environmental)
Approval for the mentorship programme will require all mentors to sign an AMCHAM T&T Code of Ethics and Mentor’s Agreement document. This will ensure the integrity of the programme by outlining the required expectations of each party and the values and standards they are accountable to uphold.
The benefits for mentors will include sharing their knowledge, developing long-lasting business relationships, and gaining different perspectives from their peers. Meanwhile, mentees will significantly benefit from this programme through their increased interaction and exposure to a panel of professionals who will help them obtain both an external and different perspective on various problems or situations. The programme will also provide mentees with increased resources through various methods and strategies to enhance their health and safety policies and processes.
The AMCHAM T&T Mentorship Programme will be offered to companies for two years and is expected to be impartial, unbiased, and confidential between the mentor and mentee.
This programme is not intended to be a consultancy or actual actioning of recommendations by the mentor. Instead, the mentorship will act as guidance to assist companies to improve their health and safety measures. Even if all recommendations are implemented, AMCHAM T&T notes that this does not guarantee the elimination of risk. Therefore, it is incumbent on companies to ensure that they have adequately assessed and reduced risks regardless of the advice and guidance of mentors.
By Lorcan Camps
This article is an extract from a presentation I recently made at the Odoo Experience 2022 conference in Brussels. The video is available at our website via this link.
This is my professional story, starting in the 90s in London when I was programming ERP systems, right through to today, with me presenting at the conference, having recently launched a new venture called Nio Digital.
Witnessing technical disruption
After programming ERP systems, I had moved to Centrefile, a technology subsidiary of NatWest Bank, and there I worked with and became friends with Saranjit. We were both working on Windows NT—this new disruptive server technology from Microsoft.
In the end, I returned to Trinidad and joined Infotech as a partner. Here, we were developing custom software and implementing ERP solutions too. Soon, Microsoft entered the ERP game, which suddenly shifted our focus from software development to just doing implementations using these pre-packaged Microsoft Dynamics ERP products.
So, how did that go? It was a mixed story. Selling commercial software for companies like Microsoft and SAP means strict quarterly targets and sales calls… because they've got to make their own earnings for the stock market. So it ended up being really more about earning money to feed them, our own employees and paying the landlord! I soon realised that I wasn’t doing what really excited me about coming back to Trinidad. What I had really wanted to do was to use technology and contribute to the economy—by developing rather than consuming software. So, after implementing 300 Microsoft Dynamics projects, frankly I got very tired!
You must be wondering what happened to Saranjit? Saranjit in the meantime went on to build a company specialising in digital solutions using open source technologies. He was born in India but is British and in those 25 years he built a digital solution practice by leveraging what he called DualShoring. This meant using local UK software consultants onsite in Europe, and offshore staff remaining in India to produce and develop software. He's presently with the European Commission in their Open Source Program Office.
At the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020, Saranjit and I reconnected. Soon we started reminiscing about what we had planned to do 20 years ago, and how we had once talked about working together.
It was then that Saranjit talked to me about his journey in open source. The more I looked into it, the more I was amazed. It was like “Wow!” So many rich applications all available for re-use instantly!
It was from this extensive search that I found Odoo, the open source ERP. This is what I was looking for to fulfil my long time dream to really develop a digital economy in Trinidad. I had decided, Odoo and open source was the answer, and Nio was born!
Over the last two years we've helped several TT companies to digitalise. We have “Small”, “Medium” and “Large” solutions with everything that you need to transform your business for TT$5,000, TT$10,000, TT$20,000+ per month.
Implementing an ERP is really a change management project, so we start by giving our customers the standard solution immediately. We onboard them and let them start training before kickoff. That starts the process of change and then we give them the system with their own data within days. By then it's almost 80% done… everything's there… the next few weeks (or months) are spent tweaking before the final Go Live.
That's the technology side…what I want to show you now is really this concept about building a Digital Economy. Especially as Trinidad needs a new economy.
So what we see is that if you could think about it like a flywheel spinning. For example if you give 5,000 businesses free software like Odoo, then they will need help right? Because although it's simple software, most businesses don't know what to do with an e-signature system or CRM even though it's simple. This creates demand for digital/ERP professionals on the other side.
If we give free training to professionals through a Digital Academy, then you've got the skills in the market. This in turn helps more businesses digitalise—creating this flywheel effect. We're going to do it by doing it internally within Nio first.
This Digital Academy isn't a product that's out in the market as yet. What we're thinking is to promote it through a non-profit foundation that we're setting up. What we want to do eventually is Open Source this whole thing and let the government and/or some other institutions take it and scale it to a national and international level.
Another experience I had was that in the years when I was a Microsoft reseller, we would hire people and train them up, bring them through the ranks—and then they'd leave and compete with you as an independent!
What I thought this time was… “Well, let's recognise this is going to happen and facilitate it right from the start!” So with this platform, we will create like 1,000 implementers, independent businesses and technology professionals and they can go do the deployment and provide the services you need. No matter how much you automate, you still need someone to go and handhold. What we want is to help create jobs whilst reducing the costs of implementation.
I did some analysis in Trinidad and there are about 40,000 businesses. If you look at what a company spends on Digital/ICT, it needs to be between 3% and 5%, and together you get the “Total Addressable Market” for the Digital economy.
The other thing I do is talk to businesses about “Digital Intensity”. We are asking business owners: “How much do you actually spend on digital and technology?” It's a reality check, right? Everybody knows what their revenue is, and so to think about 5% and compare that to how much is currently spent on technology—as I said, it's a reality check.
There was one other thing, which is: how do you make this all happen? There's a famous concept called “The Chasm”. Here is a chart showing technology adoption—how every market adopts technology. It's a bell curve and what's interesting is that there's a chasm between the Early and Mainstream markets. Take and embrace the Early Adopters, then make case studies and try to find Visionaries in the market and partner with them, so that they can then (by becoming digital) outperform their competitors in the market. That's how the Mainstream market are going to come on board.
Before I close, let me just give you an update… we just launched Nio officially in August 2022 and we're really excited to have recently presented at the Odoo Experience conference in Brussels. It just brings me right back to 2002, when I felt the same level of excitement and opportunity at Microsoft’s ERP launch. Looking back at what Microsoft had with Dynamics, and comparing what we have with Odoo today, I find Odoo is much better.
Along the way with Microsoft, I think some things went wrong, and it became clear that a large company like Microsoft could not solve this problem. However, I believe that with Odoo and partners like Nio, we can.
Lorcan Camps is the Founder and CEO of Nio Digital
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