Qatalum HSE roundup for 2013

2013 has seen Qatalum placing increasing effort in improving processes and resources towards HSE’s mission of zero harm. Overall the year has surpassed Qatalum’s expectations and HSE are sustainably improving performance for the coming years…

Department Heads within HSE at Qatalum
At the beginning of the year, Qatalum signed the Mutual Aid Plan and the Mutual Aid Agreement from Industrial Cities Directorate. To put the plan into practise, full scale Mutual Aid Exercises were held at Carbon Paste Plant and at the Pitch Facility in the Port. Positive feedback was received from the peer based observer group on both occasions.
Qatalum Security section has been successfully integrated into the HSE department making HSE and security more closely associated.
In 2013, for the first time ever, Qatalum assisted in judging the QP HSE Excellence Award and followed this milestone by launching the Qatalum Contractor HSE Forum.
Qatalum participated in 2013 QP Environment Fair. The theme was “Rainforest”. The target audience were children and Qatalum set up games and gifts towards learning about the theme.
Traffic management within Qatalum was also addressed with a relocation of the staff parking area inside the Qatalum plant, a change to the shuttle bus route on site and barricading and demarcation of pedestrian walkways, respectively enhancing pedestrian safety on site.
The end of the year saw the integration of the Emergency Control Rooms (ECR) and Security Control Rooms allowing for a single point of contact during emergencies. The control room is located at the Qatalum Main gate.
2013 also saw the launch of several campaigns and Initiatives spearheaded by HSE and January saw the start of two Occupational Health programs, periodic medical evaluations and prescriptive safety eyewear.
Occupational Hygiene initiated, as an Improvement Project for HSE, an on-line gas testing facility. This not only cut the cost of gas detector calibration but it eliminates turn-around times of these critical devices.
Qatalum’s annual Hand Injury Awareness Campaign was successfully launched by the CEO. Hand Injury Awareness talks were hosted by the Heads of HSE to their respective operational groups to reduce incidents especially amongst contractors. This initiative was held following a decision by the Qatalum Joint HSE Committee.
Occupational Health had a Heart Awareness campaign, in which blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checks were conducted on 174 employees. The results showed varying levels of wellness in the test subjects and mitigating advice was provided to those at risk.
2013 saw the launch of our first Physical Fitness Campaign. Eight teams from different nationalities and departments enrolled in a basketball league.
Qatalum rolled out its annual Heat Stress Awareness Campaign in the beginning of summer.
The Emergency Management Team initiated internal training which was successfully assessed by a team comprising members from NAPT, MIC and QP Refinery.
For the future, HSE is pursuing fulfilment of the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. A routine gap analysis project is underway within Qatalum.
Full implementation of the SAP based Incident Investigation and Reporting system is also underway which will reduce, significantly, the gap between and incident, its reporting and a response.
According to Qatalum’s HSE manager, Deon Earle, “Qatalum HSE has had a successful year, we had a Total Recordable Injury rate of 0.59 (week 50) compared to the KPI target of 0.85. This indicates how serious Qatalum Management is about HSE and shows their continued commitment to safety.”
Such confidence is reinforced by Qatalum’s DCEO Khalid Larem. “We take great pride in being one of the top performing smelters in the GCC with our current safety performance. We encourage innovative environmental approaches within our smelter and are uncompromising towards maintaining zero harm to people within our boundaries.
‘Safety is the responsibility of the individual towards others and all we do at Qatalum should go a long way towards changing people’s perceptions towards preconceived ideas about an unsustainable aluminium industry.”