KPC, Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) partner to scale up fire safety awareness at Nyayo Estate and its environs

Judy Ndunge Kenya April 23, 2024

The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) has partnered with the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) in a strategic move to bolster fire safety and first aid community awareness in the lead up to this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work.

The two organizations today conducted a joint fire safety sensitization drive targeted at Nyayo Estate and environs residents in Embakasi, with the goal of equipping households with the knowledge and skills to efficiently prevent and respond to safety incidents in residential settings.

Speaking at the sensitization drive on April 23rd 2024 , KPC Safety Health and Environment Manager Carol Kiplagat emphasized the Company’s commitment to entrenching a culture of safety, highlighting their initiatives tailored to raise awareness on emerging occupational safety and health risks.

KPC’s Safety Health and Environment Manager, Carol Kiplagat, addresses participants at a fire safety and first aid public awareness drive in Nyayo Estate, Embakasi

“At KPC, we believe that ensuring the highest safety standards is a continuous journey that requires collaboration at all levels. Through this partnership with the Kenya Red Cross, we hope to drive conversations that will lead to impactful changes in how we approach workplace and community safety,” she said.

Ms. Kiplagat stated that the World Day for Safety and Health at Work slated for 28th April, is an opportune moment on the global calendar to shine a spotlight on work and residential areas safety, which she noted remains an evolving area of focus in the industry.

“Since 2017 when we first marked this day, we have made great strides in integrating robust controls and training to aid our workforce in prioritizing safety. This year’s theme, which focuses on the crucial intersection between climate change and workers’ safety, is pivotal. By exploring these impacts during our weeklong safety campaign and beyond, we aim to get ahead of the curve and integrate appropriate controls that eliminate or minimize safety risks exacerbated by climate change,” Ms. Kiplagat added.

Kenya Red Cross’ First Aid Instructor, facilitates a domestic first aid training at a public safety awareness drive in Nyayo Estate

The theme for this year’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, has been set to focus on climate change and its effects on occupational safety and health. The International Labor Organization (ILO) will release a report highlighting how climate change is altering the nature of work and its implications on workers’ wellbeing, including heat stress, extreme weather events, air pollution, vector-borne diseases and agrochemicals.

“With the increasing frequency and intensity of disasters induced by climate change, it is important for humanitarian agencies like the Red Cross to form strategic partnerships that allow us to scale training and awareness campaigns that boost preparedness levels across the country. We commend KPC’s strong commitment to safety, and look forward to working together to equip domestic workers with simple but lifesaving skills,” commented KRCS First Aid Instructor Philip Ochieng.

KPC’s community sensitization drive has been running from April 22 and will conclude on the 26th, where the Company will continue to carry out a number of activities to enhance safety awareness across all its installations.

Over the years they have invested in systems and programs to promote a safe working environment. Part of this commitment involves extending safety awareness and supporting communities who reside along the Right of Way across Kenya. The company recently donated Ksh.1 million towards the Red Cross and Kenyatta National Hospital to aid victims of the February gas explosion in Embakasi, Nairobi.

 

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