New HSSE Programme

One of the most common questions asked by businesses visiting the Centre is what are the Health, Safety, Security, and the Environment (HSSE) standards for the oil and gas industry? Standards in the oil and gas industry cover a myriad of diverse topics. However, the overarching principles of the industry surrounding HSSE are: “no one gets hurt” and “everyone goes home.” Prevention and preparedness to minimize risk form the bedrock of a highly evolved HSSE culture.

With Guyana on the road to first oil, the Centre is playing a pivotal role in addressing the existing gaps to ensure HSSE is interwoven into the business culture. Since 2018, the Centre has delivered a series of popular introductory HSSE seminars. To match growing demand, the Centre recently launched its HSSE Management System Programme. This programme directly assists businesses to draft HSSE management plans and build their HSSE management systems.

The multi-phase process initially includes an interactive seminar tailored for senior managers from Guyanese businesses. The seminar is then followed-up by individual consultations with the Centre’s HSSE experts. These oneon-one sessions provide an opportunity for each business to receive personalized HSSE guidance. While it is up to individual companies to advance and implement HSSE systems for their operations, the Centre’s programme builds a foundation that ensures Guyanese companies are more competitive and – in this case – more safe.