Centre for the University of Greenwich – HSE Guest Lecture Series

January 2018 Presentation

A Risk Based Approach to Emergency Planning


Mr. Shazam Edoo has fourteen (14) years experience in the areas of Quality, Environment, Health, Safety & Security and has worked in a wide range of industries which include Power Generation, Petrochemical, Construction, Manufacturing, Food, Estate Development and Port & Marine Terminals. He has been involved in some of Trinidad’s downstream energy development projects and worked alongside contractors from Japan, Columbia, France, Belgium, Denmark and USA.

For the last eight (8) years Mr. Edoo has been part of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Caribbean Branch executive and has held different positions which include Secretary and Treasurer. In 2009, he started his first consultancy job as an Independent Assessor/ HSE Consultant with the Energy Chamber of Trinidad & Tobago (ECTT) on their initiative known as Safe to Work (STOW-TT). To date he has assisted numerous contractors to build their HSE Management Systems that led to certification by the ECTT.

He served as a past member on numerous sub-committees in various capacities throughout Trinidad & Tobago in the Public and Private Sector, and has held the position of Vice-President, Emergency Coordinator and now President of Trinidad & Tobago Emergency Mutual Aid Scheme (TTEMAS).

Mr. Edoo is one of thirteen (13) Certified Safety Professionals (CSP) in Trinidad & Tobago and the only Safety Management Specialist (SMS) in Central & South America and the Caribbean. He holds Full membership at the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM), Specialist membership at the Institute of Risk Management (IRM) and is a Chartered Member at the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Mr. Edoo also holds Business Continuity Certifications at the Business Continuity Institute (BCI) as well as the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI).

Currently Mr. Edoo works for one of Trinidad and Tobago’s premier energy corporations and is currently pursuing International Certifications in Enterprise Risk, Emergency Management & Resilience.


Presentation Synopsis

In 2017, there were a series of natural and man-made events that took place all over the world which resulted in significant loss of life, property damage, environmental pollution and business disruption. In today’s world creating and maintaining an Emergency Management Program is essential for the survival of businesses. Thankfully, many institutions may never have to face a major disaster. However, if the unthinkable happens and you are not prepared, your years of investment can be reversed in a few hours or even a few minutes.

The underlying theme of this presentation focuses on the importance of emergency preparedness and planning, not only to the population at large, but to an organisation’s staff, customers, shareholders etc. At the end of the session participants will understand why launching and maintaining an effective preparedness and response program can assist in reducing threats to an organisation.