PEIE seminar highlights safety and security standards in industrial firms

10/17/2017 8:35:09 AM

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A seminar on safety and security standards in industrial firms was organised yesterday (Monday) at Radisson Blu Hotel, Sohar by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) in cooperation with Capital Market Authority (CMA). The seminar, which was held under the auspices of HE Sheikh Muhanna bin Saif Al Lamki, governor of North Al Batinah, comes as part of the recommendations highlighted at a seminar held in 2016 on safety and security standards in industrial firms.

Speaking at the seminar, Eng. Musallam bin Mohammed Al Shehri, Assistant Chief Executive Officer of PEIE for Operations, said that this seminar aims at uniting efforts and highlighting the significance of safety and security standards at industrial firms and the importance of having insurance coverage for these firms. “The event also aims at disseminating awareness on the concept of occupational safety among the workforce at the industrial firms and warehouses. In fact, this seminar is a continuation of a series of events held in a number of industrial estates to raise awareness on safety and security as an integral part of an organisation to prevent and minimize incidents and to protect lives and properties,” he said, adding: “To achieve this, it requires development of necessary plans and instructions as well as adoption of international standards in occupational safety and health, and environment. By organising this seminar in various governorates, we also aim at raising awareness among businessmen, investors and industrialists on the significant role played by the insurance companies.”

Papers

A number of papers with various related topics were delivered at the seminar. The first paper was delivered by Saif Al Busaidi of Ministry of Manpower, who outlined the requirements of healthy work environments, pointing out that certain risks can affect the employees. “These risks can be classified as physical (temperature, cold, lightening, noise, humidity, and other factors), chemical, biological, psychological and social risks.

The second paper was presented by Eng. Adil Al Lawati of Orient Insurance Company who explained that insurance coverage has several benefits including peace of mind, guaranteeing business continuity, protecting the capital, protecting the interests of shareholders and owners, protecting the interests of employees and other parties, and consequently protecting the national economy.

On his part, Eng. Iyad Abdullatif of International College of Engineering and Management pointed out while delivering the third paper that the industrial sector mainly uses hazardous materials and several consequences might occur including poisoning and burns in case the materials are not being used in accordance with the usage instructions. He added that incidents may also occur due to poor handling in transporting and storing the chemical materials.

In addition, the fourth paper was delivered by Samara Salah, Director of Business Development and Training at Samara Training Services. She outlined the objectives of emergency plans, types of emergencies, factors affecting the state of emergency, management of emergency incidents and the role played by PEIE in this aspect.

A discussion session was also held as part of the seminar, which was moderated by Ahmed bin Ali Al Maamari, Vice President of Insurance Sector at the Capital Market Authority. Eng. Abdullah Al Kaabi, Director General of Sur Industrial Estate, Lit Colonel Ahmed Al Ajmi, Director of PACDA in North Al Batinah, Eng. Samara Salah, Eng. Adil Al Lawati, Eng. Iyad Abdullatif and Eng. Saif Al Busaidi joined the discussion. The discussion session highlighted the concept of safety and security in industrial firms; importance of safety and security requirements; industrial fire and prevention measures; requirements of reinsurance companies; safety of lives and public and private properties; how to face natural disasters; protection of economic wealth including factories and utilities; practices that help preventing outbreak of fire; and evaluation of risks and their types in terms of chemical and physical hazards.

  

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