BoD Attends Contractor Forum

The Contractor HSSE Forum plays a significant collaboration between Qatalum and contractors which embodies a unique tradition and delivers an effective platform for further improvement.

Marking another milestone at Qatalum, Einer Glomnes, one of the board of directors, attended the recently held Contractor HSSE Forum, last 25 April 2018, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon, at Al Ghazal Even Hall, Al Reem Club, Mesiaeed.

The presence of the board member in the forum embodies commitment not just from the Qatalum Management Team (QMT) but more importantly, the Qatalum Board of Directors. Sharing to the participants, Glomnes highlighted the importance of the on-going Qatalum Life Saving Rules Awareness. He mentioned that this initiative is currently adopted by Hydro thru Fatality Prevention Program.


The forum started with a safety briefing given by Jorge Kangoma, HSE Lead in Carbon.


Olaf Wigstoel, Chief Operating Officer, welcomed the participants by acknowledging the current safety performance- without recordable injuries for four (4) consecutive months. He encouraged all attendees to keep the focus on safety and ensure the learnings of 2017 incidents are being carried out to avoid future injuries. Safety commitment, according to Olaf, must be strengthened by all contractors working at Qatalum.

The HSSE Performance was then presented by Deon Earle, HSSE Manager. The presentation highlighted the 0.00 TRIR Year-to-Date for contractors. The HSSE Manager recommended contractor management to implement a ‘Hand in Qatalum Safety’ initiative which will help Qatalum to achieve a world class safety performance. Heat Stress Prevention specifically during Ramadan was also emphasized in the report.


Following the agenda of the forum, representative from Marcegaglia showed their company’s HSE Performance. Andi Mappangara, Head of Safety showcased the on-going Qatalum Life Saving Rules Awareness.

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One of the objectives of this event is to see and learn best practices from contractors working at Qatalum. During the program, Staref shared their Heat Stress Management Program and how this program aligned with the Qatalum standard while Future Engineering gave an overview of their Traffic and Pedestrian Safety.

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Kangoma explained the Contractor Interim HSE Performance and led the open forum. Topics addressed during the open forum included Work Permit Requirements, Traffic and Pedestrian Safety challenges, and Heat Stress Prevention.

Wrapping up the successful event, Earle rendered his sincerest gratitude to QMT, contract sponsors and employees, contractor management and representatives on his closing remarks. He acknowledged each and everyone’s attendance in making this initiative meaningful and effective.