PROCESS AND PERSONNEL SAFETY ARE NOT ACHIEVED BY ACCIDENT
The Second "Texas A&M University at Qatar Safety Symposium" was held on 15th and 16th March 2011. The two-day event was sponsored by the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and presented under the auspices of His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Minister of State for Internal Affairs. More than 90 delegates, mainly representatives from local and international safety industry, attended this year’s event.
The objective of the Symposium was to provide an opportunity for delegates from both local and international industries, consultancy companies, universities to hear about safety success stories, about best practices, accident case studies and recent developments of research on safety. The Symposium provided many networking opportunities as well.
This Second Safety Symposium welcomed 16 distinguished speakers from different key players in the field of safety including Regulatory Institutions, Industries and Academia from Qatar, the USA and the UK. The program focused on many safety industry’s hot topics such as hazard identification, risk assessment, regulations, process safety management systems, emergency planning, lesson learning from major incidents and recent advances in process safety research.
Mr Roland Moreau, Safety, Security, Health and Environment (SSH&E) Manager for ExxonMobil’s Upstream Research Company in Houston (Texas, USA) and Vice President for ExxonMobil Research Qatar, gave the plenary keynote lecture on the importance of effective management systems in addressing process safety.
Event sponsor, MoI, was represented by two speakers from the Fire Prevention Department of the General Administration of Civil Defense, Lieutenant Ahmad Khalid Al-Ghanim and Lieutenant Ghanim Salem Al-Naimi, who spoke about fire safety in Qatar.
We believe that spreading the word about good safety and environmental practice is a part of the responsibilities of Texas A&M University at Qatar. This is the reason for organizing the Symposium at Texas A&M at Qatar. The long term vision is to hold this event on a yearly basis. Whilst the two last symposia concentrated on process and personal safety, it may expand in future years to other areas such as the environment, shipping, road transport, and construction.
This year’s Safety Symposium was delivered at no cost to the delegates. This was made possible by the generous support of the Ministry of Interior. We look forward to the Third Texas A&M University at Qatar Safety Symposium!