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BSC: Striving for health and safety excellence

British Safety Council

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Speakers at the British Safety Council’s conference in Bahrain will demonstrate how businesses in the Middle East can achieve the highest standards of health and safety management

The British Safety Council’s conference Striving for excellence, being held on 9 April 2018 at the InterContinental Regency Hotel in Manama, Bahrain, 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 case studies, such as that of Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) presented by Hafedh Al-Qassab, General Manager Refining at the Bahrain Petroleum. They are designed to help organisations prepare for the 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 and works in partnership with many leading businesses in Bahrain, such as Aluminium Bahrain (ALBA), Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Bahrain National Gas Company and Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “Our annual conference in Bahrain is an important international platform for addressing the most pertinent health and safety issues and sharing 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’. Sharing expertise and ensuring close cooperation between leading organisations will help to make this aspiration a reality.”

Mr Hafedh Al-Qassab, General Manager Refining at the Bahrain Petroleum, said: “BAPCO has been in the oil and gas business for some 80 years and has witnessed fundamental changes in personal and process safety. Our personal safety journey is the result of continual improvement of our health and safety management systems over many decades. It resulted in the current excellent personal safety records reflected by a number of international safety awards. Our presentation will focus on our safety journey, the tools we used, the benefits we realised and our future plans.

“BAPCO has had a long history of collaboration with the British Safety Council and we greatly value its expertise, as well as the processes and mechanisms which the British Safety Council champions internationally. We strongly believe the conference in Bahrain is an excellent forum for sharing health and safety best practice which will benefit the participants and their employees.”

The full programme of the conference

9:30 Registration 

10:00 Welcome and introduction
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive, British Safety Council 

10:15 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.

11:00 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.

11:45 Networking lunch

12:15 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
Hafedh Al-Qassab, General Manager Refining, Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO)
A case study of BAPCO’s journey towards health and safety excellence, outlining its beginning, driving factors, key lessons and benefits, as well as recommendations for others.

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

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

14.00 Close


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