UAE Branch chair taking part in Middle East health and safety forum

Ahmed El HadidiAhmed El Hadidi (pictured right) has been invited to attend the Middle East Health and Safety Forum, which will address the key challenges and solutions for health and safety professionals in the Gulf.

It will bring together stakeholders from governments, regulators and industry leaders. There will be a total of four panel discussions, with others covering health and safety leadership, the latest regulations and compliance issues, and how to foster better behavioural-based safety practices.

The discussion involving Ahmed will examine how safety strategies can be effective in organisations where there are overlapping and complex operational activities.

The forum is being held at the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort in Dubai on 6 and 7 September. It has been organised by Health, Safety and Security Review Middle East magazine.

Ahmed, who took over as UAE Branch chair from Maisaa Nasrallah at its AGM in April, will also lead a workshop called ‘Developing Business Critical Safety Processes’, which will study how health and safety policies and procedures influence business continuity.

He said there is a positive trend towards workplace health and safety, with all organisations across all sectors now being advised to have the right strategies in place and ensure best practices.

“Despite the variations, we can say that there is a progress on awareness and implementation,” said Ahmed. “The maturity level depends on each country but in general there is a positive trend towards a conscious attitude in considering the employees and workers’ health and safety.”

“The presence of international institutions like IOSH in several countries in the region also adds up and indicates that there is a market and need for support and an understanding that health and safety is no longer a luxury or a by-product.

“The future of the HSE professionals is dependent on the individuals practicing that field. It is imperative that they lead a change that promotes a culture of care to the employees and workers and transform their tasks from just compliance control to normal attitude and behaviour that becomes embedded into the normal activities of any organisation.”

Ahmed added that by having strong safety credentials and practices, organisations can use health and safety as a tool to differentiate themselves from the competition. He said: “Good health and safety performance should be a tool to strengthen the reputation, resilience and the overall performance of any company.”

Source: IOSH

Post date: 19 Aug 2015

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