Expand Global Industries Limited has said that it remained committed to the safety of its staff and environment.
This is as investigations into the fatality that happened in the premises of the organisation continued.
The company expressed regret over the fatality that led to the death of one its staff, adding that it was ready to work with the police and family this period.
It added in a statement, “The safety of our people is of the utmost priority. It is a part of our day-to-day performance. We take responsibility for the safety and health of our employees, customers and consumers, the protection of the environment and the quality of life in the communities in which we operate.
” A comprehensive package is provided to our employees. Health and preventive care programmes are applied to safeguard against workplace and general health risks.
“We established a fully equipped medical clinic, manned by a qualified doctor and trained nurses, accessible to all staff on-site including third-party workers. Annual medical check-ups are also provided. Expand Global abides by the Nigerian Labour Law without exception. Working hours are regulated to ensure an adequate rest period. Since its acquisition in 2016, no fatalities occurred before the tragic one in the Ibadan plant on 28 July 2020” the statement said.
It continued thus, “Henkel designs, manages and operates our facilities to maximize safety, promote energy eﬃciency, protect the environment, and drive zero defect quality of our products, eliminate hazards and reduce risks.
“Henkel continuously improves our integrated SHEQ management system by analyzing and managing risks and opportunities both internally and with external suppliers, manufacturing partners and customers. Henkel complies with ISO 9001, 14001, 45001, 50001, and RSPO SSC to meet or exceed all applicable environmental, health, safety and quality requirements”.
Henkel in 2016 acquired Expand Global Industries Limited (EGIL). It has ever since strengthened investment in improving production tools as well as Safety, Health and Environment standards in its Ibadan site.
In addition to keeping to standards, the company has been commended for its several corporate social responsibilities to communities
For instance, Henkel recently donated WAW bar soap to Oyo State Government in two separate donations, through the Head of the Oyo State Covid-19 Taskforce, as well as, the State chapter of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). This was done to support the state effort in the fight against COVID-19 and particularly for use in the state-run isolation and treatment centres.
The Company also launched a campaign on radio stations across Oyo State to create awareness about coronavirus.
In Lagos State, it donated items to medical workers to reduce their exposure to COVID-19.
The donation was received on behalf of the Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi by the Director, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Mrs Olaide Animashaun and the Director, Lagos state nursing services, Mrs Dorcas Shonibare.
The firm explained that the gesture was part if its efforts to contain the spread of the ravaging virus.