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TAFAWOQ delivers high-level safety workshop for engineers at Ashghal

TAFAWOQ delivers high-level safety workshop for engineers at Ashghal

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Doha
Qatar’s elite project management centre of excellence, the TAFAWOQ programme, once again partnered to deliver a high-level safety workshop for engineers who have recently joined Qatar’s Public Works Authority, Ashghal. 
The three-day workshop, titled ‘HSSE Leadership,’ was held recently, bringing together 25 engineers to discuss best practices in the field of safety.
The workshop emphasised the importance of embracing a safety culture, and touched on the roles and responsibilities of engineers in this regard.
The other topics on the workshop’s agenda included the impact of internal and external factors on safety performance, and the use of safety tools and observation systems.
President of the Public Works Authority, Ashghal, HE Dr. Eng. Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, noted that the workshop’s objectives fall in line with his institution’s commitment to the development of Qatar.
“Promoting a culture of safety and employee welfare will bolster productivity, which will ultimately fast track the development of major infrastructure projects in Qatar in line with our national vision,” Al Mohannadi said.
The workshop comes at an important time for Ashghal, the highest authority in charge of managing Qatar’s major infrastructure projects, as the country undertakes key developments in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar.
“We are extremely honoured to partner with Ashghal, for the first time, to deliver this workshop. The act of collaboration facilitates both the transfer of knowledge and expertise. I am confident the workshop will further strengthen Ashghal engineers’ ability to deliver their portfolio of major projects while maintaining a leading health and safety record by understanding and managing the risks inherent in the business,” he said.
“Without doubt, these workshops have a positive impact on Qatar’s human capital and significantly contribute to the achievement of the human development pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030 – and this is something we truly believe in at TAFAWOQ and Qatar Shell,” he added.
Delivered by leading consultancy firm, JMJ Associates Middle East, the workshop also introduced participants to behaviour-based safety and the benefits of adopting an integral safety model.
Sabu Joseph, managing consultant at JMJ Associates, and Sandy Schreiber, a senior consultant, led the workshop in the presence of Alan Palmer, a partner at the firm.
JMJ has supported Qatar Shell’s Pearl GTL, the world’s largest plant to turn natural gas into cleaner-burning fuels, in developing an incident and injury-free safety culture, while overseeing the creation of a high-performance project team during the construction phase of the project.
TAFAWOQ, which is the Arabic for ‘excellence’, is a partnership initiative between Qatar Shell, Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). In addition to providing project management training courses, TAFAWOQ also hosts custom-tailored workshops to address specific organisational needs.
Since its inception in 2012, TAFAWOQ has graduated close to 1,000 professional students.

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