Qatalum holds 3rd Contractor HSE Forum

​​The third Contractor HSE Forum ran successfully according to Qatalum Contractor HSE Management standards. The forum provides an opportunity for Qatalum contractors and management to discuss, interact and address issues and concerns related to HSE.

With Qatalum’s strong commitment of providing a safe working environment to its contractors, the 3rd Contractor HSE Forum was successfully held on 3 November 2016, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, at the MIC Golf Club. This Forum was attended with an ever increasing number of participants from the contractors’ management teams.

At 10:00 am, the forum started with a safety briefing from Jorge Kangoma, Head of HSE in Carbon. Followed by the CEO Mr Khalid Laram, presenting statistics which showed Contractor HSE Performance.

In his opening remarks, the CEO challenged contractor to set achievable KPI’s by saying, “I encourage each one of you to set a target or KPI which is achievable and improve upon in this year’s performance.
Olaf Wigstoel, COO, highlighted the importance of Work Permits and Risk Assessment in the workplace. Olaf Wigstoel, COO followed up by saying, “I am inviting all the contractor management to have a WOC (Walk, Observe and Communicate) with me and the Qatalum Management Team,” demonstrating visible leadership.

Deon Earle, HSSE Manager showed, in his presentation, the HSE performance of both directly and indirectly supervised contractors.

Following the HSE Performance presentation from the HSSE Manager, major contractors were asked to present their company’s KPIs and their adherence. Contractors who did presentations were Cape, Staref, Marcegaglia, EMCO and Future Engineering.

Davy Fosen, Reduction Relining Manager, shared lessons learnt from an incident which involved unauthorized operation of a multi-wheeler within the relining arena. ‘Life Saving Rules Awareness’ on Lifting Operations was delivered by Sarel Greyling, Head of HSE Technical. This awareness campaign emphasized Qatalum’s requirements when it comes to safe lifting operations. Jorge Kangoma updated attendees on the Qatalum HSE requirements on the Contractor Interim Performance Review, Fire Extinguisher Requirements and the new On-Line PIB Application System.

The Forum was concluded with an open floor discussion discussing Heat Stress Performance and Target and Improvement of Contractor HSE Performance.
Mr. Earle, concluded the forum by thanking everybody and emphasizing the importance of management commitment as a key element of Process Safety.

The 3rd Contractor HSE Forum is beneficial to both Qatalum and contractors. Through it, a fruitful communication is being upheld where good practices, key activities and issues related to HSE are being discussed. The forum shows Qatalum’s commitment to providing a safe working environment for all its contractors, both directly and indirectly supervised.