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Aiming for the highest standards of health and safety

Speakers at the British Safety Council’s conference in Dubai will demonstrate how businesses in the Middle East can achieve health and safety excellence.

The British Safety Council’s conference Striving for excellence, being held on 10 and 11 April 2018 at the Shangri-La Hotel in Dubai, will provide a platform for sharing expertise, best practice and business experience of managing health and safety to the highest international standards.

The half-day event will feature expert speakers, thought leadership sessions and local case studies, such as these of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates. They are designed to help organisations prepare for future health and safety challenges.

For 60 years, the British Safety Council has been campaigning, advising and educating workers and employers worldwide on how to make workplaces safe for everyone, as well as sharing best practice in work-related health, wellbeing and managing environmental risks. The British Safety Council has strong links with the Middle Eastern region, in particular with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and works in partnership with many leading businesses in the country, such as Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), the Ministry of Education, UAE, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and TECOM Group.

Lawrence Waterman, OBE, Chairman of the British Safety Council, said: “I am delighted to see that our annual conference in Dubai is becoming an important international forum at which experts from the British Safety Council address the most pertinent health and safety issues and share best practice with our members and partners in the region. The vision of the British Safety Council is that ‘no-one should be injured or made ill at work’. Only by working very closely with the leading organisations in this region and sharing expertise, can we make this aspiration a reality there.”

Eng. Hamdan Al Saedi Director of Environment, Health & Safety, at Ministry of Education, UEA, said: “It is our great pleasure to participate in the British Safety Council’s annual conference in Dubai this year. Together with the Memorandum of Understanding, which we have recently signed with the British Safety Council, it will strengthen and develop further our relationship, helping us to achieve excellence in education, training, capacity building and professional development in the fields of health, safety and environmental management.

“In my presentation I will focus on the MoE’s initiatives related to developing the EHS management system general framework, its implementation and monitoring across the UAE education sector, from early childhood to higher education.”


The full programme of the conference

9:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome and introduction
Lawrence Waterman, Chairman, British Safety Council

10:30  ISO 45001 update and looking to the future
David Parr, Head of Audit and Technical, British Safety Council
The session will examine the new international  health and safety management standard and facilitate the understanding of how to prepare for the transition from OHSAS 18001 certification.

11:15 Process safety management
Ian Travers, Director and Principal Consultant, Ian Travers Ltd
What is it and how does it help reduce the risk of catastrophic failures. This session will cover the core components of a process safety management system using the US Centre for Chemical Process Safety, CCPS Guidelines on process safety management and the OSHA legal standard.

12.00 Networking lunch

12:30 Fire safety management
Keith Sillitoe, Health and Safety Advisor, British Safety Council
Employers are responsible for suitably managing fire risk. The session will help you to understand the importance of benchmarking your fire safety arrangements against best practice.

13.00 The path to HSEQ Excellence
Local speakers will provide case studies of their organisations’ journey towards health and safety excellence.

On Tuesday, 10 April:
Amair Saleem, Director of Safety, Risk Regulation and Planning Department, Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai

On Wednesday, 11 April:
Hamdan Al Saedi, Director of Environment, Health & Safety, the Ministry of Education, UAE

13.45 Speaker panel: Q&A
Chaired by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council

14.05 Closing remarks
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council

14.15 Close

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