Trecia Allen's youthful look belies her nearly 20 years' experience as a safety, health and environmental professional, and the Caribbean's first female to become a certified safety professional with the Board of Certified Safety Professionals in Illinois, USA.
She is also a certified ISO 31000 risk manager with Professional Evaluation and Certification Board, Montreal, Canada, and a qualified environmental professional with the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice, Michigan, USA. She is one of two persons in Jamaica with those designations.
Add to that the fact that she has led the successful implementation, certification and re-certification to both ISO 9001 and 14001 management systems, at five facilities operated by the Jamaica Broilers Group (JBG) of Companies. She is a true trailblazer.
In her current position as group safety, environment and standards manager at JBG, Allen reports directly to the president of the Jamaica operations. She leads a team comprising a medical doctor, industrial hygienist, engineers, chemists, registered nurses, environmental scientist and safety and environment officers, while liaising with external contractors, consultants and service providers.
Under her portfolio is the environmental management programme, which develops, manages and monitors the group's environmental system in keeping with international best practices and in compliance with local environmental legislations. The development and monitoring of the group's safety management systems also fall under Allen's portfolio and she provides sterling leadership in the implementation of effective programmes which have seen dramatic in reduction health and safety risks and accidents.
"The Best Dressed Poultry Processing Plant was the first to be ISO 14001 (environmental management system) certified in the Caribbean in 2007 and has been recertified ever since. The company pursued this because we were aware that impacts from its environmental aspects such as solid waste, air emissions and waste water must be managed properly as a business imperative. This is especially critical since we operate in proximity to densely populated areas. It has always been important to our management team that residents in the communities not be adversely affected by our operations," Allen said.