For Oikos, the health, safety and wellbeing of people and the environment is paramount. The company has an excellent track record in health, safety and environmental practices and we are committed to maintaining the highest safety standards across all our business activities.
We endeavour to reduce waste on site and use sustainable supply chain and contractors to reduce the amount of waste coming to site and we ensure zero waste from the terminal goes to landfill and that our waste is disposed of responsibility. Regular training for all staff is carried out to maintain our environmental standards on site including in an office environment.
Oikos is regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency (EA) under the Control of Major Accidents Hazards Regulations 2015 (COMAH). The Canvey Island facility has an excellent process safety record and is fully licensed by the EA and the local authority to receive, store, transfer and treat related materials.
The terminal is fully compliant with current COMAH regulations. A thorough risk and consequence analysis has been carried out as required by these regulations and is regularly reviewed to ensure that we continue to adhere to the most stringent safety requirements, including ensuring Containment Safety report and Flood risk assessment are up to date and current.
Oikos has continuously invested in the latest safety systems in order to meet increasingly rigorous standards and to keep abreast of technology advances. Updated in 2012, all safety systems at our Canvey Island terminal are modern, fully automated solutions. Designed to eliminate potential risks associated with human error, the systems automatically enter ‘safe mode’ status in response to predefined operating conditions. Our investment in state-of-the-art techniques and technology makes the terminal amongst the most advanced in Europe.
As an experienced operator in a safety-critical industry, Oikos recognises the importance of employing highly trained and fully competent staff. To maintain a safe working environment, our personnel are provided with suitable training in the necessary safety guidelines and good industry practices. The company also runs a NVQ Bulk Storage Oil Technicians programme that is tailored to the specific needs of the industry and our business, together with a competency management programme to maintain the key skills and competency of our team in line with regulatory requirements. This is part of a five-year training plan/Competency Management plan to enable all our Operations staff to be qualified technicians.