THE HEALTH SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENT (HSE) NARRATIVE IN SOLID MINERAL CONCERNS: A STUDY OF CRUSHED ROCKS INDUSTRIES, EBONYI STATE NIGERIA

Joseph C Onyejiaka, A Odumodu, Raphael O Sado

Abstract


Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) is a popular global issue that implies the consideration of human and animal health, community health and environmental safety. This is so because of the neglect of health and safety by companies the world over. Avoidable accidents, injuries and death and pollution of the environment are the results of such neglect. The solid minerals industries are not left out especially quarries. This study considers the narrative of HSE at Crushed Rocks Industry Quarry Site, Ishiagu Ebonyi State Nigeria. The study relies on findings from series of field work carried out at the site and found it necessary to investigate the compliance of the company to globally acceptable HSE standards. The Study adopted the descriptive survey research method supported by physical observation at the site. It was discovered that the Quarry has only one HSE certified staff. The study also discovered that air and dust emissions need to be steadily controlled. The Quarry is not strict on its operators in the usage of such protective wears and does not make safety gadgets available to customers and visitors on field trip. The study therefore recommends that the company should immediately train its entire staff on HSE and get them certified. The study also recommends that the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) should ensure that HSE certification should be a prerequisite for any valuation in the solid mineral industry and indeed the entire mining sector.

Key words: Health, safety, environment, mineral concerns


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