Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 31st 2013 Contents In September 2013, the Energy Chamber received the
exciting news that the Safe To Work (STOW) pro-
gramme was one of three winners of the Inter-American
Development Bank's (IDB) NEXSO competition, for
innovative and promising solutions that are transforming
Latin America and the Caribbean.
STOW was selected as a winner from more than one hundred
entries, submitted from all over the region. In hosting the
competition, NEXSO sought to distinguish solutions which
are innovative in approach, leverage scarce resources, scalable
and replicable in other environments and practical in delivery.
The Chamber's STOW programme stood out in all categories.
A snapshot of STOW
STOW was designed to assist smaller local contractors who
were having difficulty meeting the various HSE prequalification
requirements of the major multi-national and state-owned
companies operating in T&T's energy sector. To solve the
problem, the Energy Chamber worked with the major oil and
gas operating companies to create consistent HSE requirements
and a consistent approach for prequalifying contractors in the
industry. Refer to Table 1.
STOW involves an audit of a contractor's HSE management
system and certification of the contracting company if the
required scores are attained. Any company that is locally
owned or operates in T&T, foreign owned and registered in
T&T, or is a non-resident company tendering for contracts
with a resident company, must be STOW certified in order
to tender for contracts with upstream and downstream operators
in T&T. An energy industry-led board oversees the imple-
mentation of STOW.
It goes without saying, that STOW prevents lost time inci-
dents and even death in the workplace. However, as a com-
prehensive and innovative workplace safety programme, STOW
effectively levels the playing field, as both small local and large
foreign contracting companies are required to meet the same
safety standards in order to tender for contracts.
The STOW certification system is well accepted by the
Today, there are 199 STOW certified companies and 24 sig-
natories to the STOW Charter.
STOW would not have been a reality without a generous
grant from the IDB's Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) to
get the programme up and running. NEXSO is the IDB's MIF
platform which connects project designers to tested solutions
by providing access to the intelligence gained from one project,
to inform the design of other projects. The aim is to improve
the quality and impact of projects funded by the MIF and its
Through NEXSO, other projects can benefit from the
approach, lessons learnt and templates designed under the
STOW emerging as one of the winners in the NEXSO com-
petition, as a solution that is creating a model for social change
in the region, is the most recent of several outstanding achieve-
ments realised by the Energy Chamber's flagship programme.
Locally, the Energy Chamber won the Team Award for
STOW, at the 2008 and 2010 T&T Occupational Safety and
Health Authority's (TTOSHA) National Safety Awards for the
best contribution to safety.
Internationally, STOW was shortlisted in 2009 by the World
Chambers Congress for an award in the "Best Unconventional
Project category." This global awards programme recognises
the most innovative projects being implemented by chambers
of industry and commerce from around the world.
In 2012, STOW was recognised by the Institution of Occu-
pational Safety and Health (IOSH) which is the world's largest
professional health and safety membership organisation. The
programme was selected as a finalist in the "Best Health &
Safety Achievement in a Utility and Offshore" category and
received high commendation at the IOSH Awards in London,
The continued recognition sends a powerful affirmation
that STOW stands out as innovative, unconventional and
world class and is a testimony to the hard work that the Energy
Chamber and the STOW Implementation Board has put into
implementing the programme in T&T.
As we approach the December 2013 deadline for mandatory
STOW implementation, it is important we reflect on other
milestones and achievements.
For more information on STOW, please visit:
www.stow.energy.tt or www.energy.tt
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STOW continues to receive
Operators of major energy companies sign STOW Charter at the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference 2013.
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