Posted on April 26, 2013

Minister of Energy and Industry HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh al Sada honoured six companies from Qatar Petroleum’s (QP) joint ventures and contractors and three QP business units with health, safety and environment (HSE) excellence awards on Thursday.

RasGas Company Limited bagged the Gold award for its ‘Going Beyond: Pacesetting’ initiative whereas Qatargas Operating Company Ltd won Silver award for its ‘Industry Leading Safety Performance’ programme and Qatar Shell got Bronze for its ‘Sustaining a World-Class Worker Welfare” programme’.

In the QP Contractors Category, Japan Gas Corporation won the Gold award for its ‘SHE&S Excellence and Innovation’ programme. Descon Engineering Qatar LLC and Blackcat Engineering & Construction Company got the Silver and Bronze awards respectively for their programmes ‘HSE – Our Passion’ initiative and ‘HSE Initiatives and Best Practices’.

Sada presented each of the winners with a trophy and a certificate of HSE Excellence and congratulated them on their achievements. He encouraged those who did not win an award this year to continue the hard work on improving their HSE initiatives. He also called on all the participants to learn from each other through the sharing of best practices.

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In his keynote address at the awards ceremony, HE Dr al Sada said that safety, health and environmental protection are not just valuable attributes of our business, but “they are also an organisational commitment aligned with the holistic vision pursued by the government under the wise leadership of the Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani.” He also said that “the National Development Strategy under the guidance of the Heir Apparent HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani imparts the driving force for realising this vision.” HE the Minister of Energy and Industry called on all concerned to encourage the proactive engagement of all shareholders and stakeholders in the promotion of a deep-rooted safety culture and a safe working environment for all — on location and beyond.

“We must increase our efforts in implementing higher standards to ensure the safety and security of not just our employees but also those of all contractors, visitors, and the communities within which we live and operate. We have to commit all available resources to ensure that human life comes first,” Sada added.

Initiated under the guidance of Sada in 2010, the HSE excellence awards primarily aims to recognise outstanding health, safety and environment (HSE) programmes being implemented in Qatar’s oil & gas industry and to promote continual improvement as well as the sharing of best practices in the field of HSE.

Under the programme, oil and gas companies operating in the country are invited to submit their ongoing HSE programmes and initiatives for consideration. An independent team of judges then evaluates all the submissions against a pre-established set of criteria. After establishing a short list, a second round of judging subsequently takes place in the form of an audiovisual presentation.

source: Qatar Tribune