Nzoia sugar company puts a lot of emphasis on issues of the environment, health and safety.
The company has put in place policies, set objectives and targets based on the knowledge about its environmental, health and safety aspects and significant environmental, health and safety impacts associated with its activities, products and services. This ensures that the significant environmental, health and safety impacts associated with these aspects are taken into account in setting the environmental objectives. The identification of the environmental aspects is an ongoing process that determines the past, current and potential impacts (positive or negative) of the organization’s activities on the environment, health and safety. This process also includes the identification of the potential regulatory, legal and business exposure affecting the organization.
To achieve objectives, the company carries out annual environmental, health and safety audits in compliance with the environmental management and co-ordination act 2007. The audits carried out includes, environment audit, safety and health audit, noise level, thermal, air quality, waste water, hazardous substance, fire safety, risk assessments, plant inspections and medical examination among others. The environmental, health and safety aspects identified forms the basis for development of environmental, health and safety management plan for implementation and continual review. It also forms part of the company strategic plan on addressing potential impact to the organization. To this end, the company has successfully implemented and reserved substantial number of aspects and significant impacts as identified in the audits.
Just to mention a few areas the company has successful implemented includes:- Installation of a wet scrubber to reduce fly ahs emission, replacement of asbestos roofing materials, establishment of additional oxidation ponds to improve on waste water quality, safe handling of used oil, reduction in accidents and incidents, procurements of new and modern fire engine, creating awareness on environment, health and safety, construction of adequate and modern ablutions block, provision of wholesome water among many others.
To spearhead the environment, health and safety activities, the company has put in place an environment, health and safety committee whose main function is to monitor and ensure implementation of audits recommendation in their respective areas of operations.
In conclusion, the company is committed to providing a safe, healthy and clean environment for employees, stakeholders and the public in the course of carrying out its functions.