RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Conference recognises the benefits of having country wide carefully considered HSE Standards because it provides a ‘level playing field’ between companies and also a high standard of health and safety nationally. Conference recommends continuing support for OPAL and their members in developing more Standards to inform and guide industry. This could be measured by counting OPAL Standards issued in the next reporting period.

  • Conference recognises that many occupational LTA and Injuries frequently occur and that lessons learned by one company could benefit other companies. Conference recommends continued support of initiatives to disseminate ‘lessons learned’, including this Conference, best practice advice and other means. This could be measured by survey before the next Conference in 5 years’ time.

  • Conference recognises that many early decisions in a project’s life time, before construction, massively affect health and safety; e.g. time frame, budget, design decisions. Conference recommends increasing use of safety practitioners with design and site experience to influence client decisions as feasibility stage. This could be measured by survey, counting the number of such H&S Professionals in these roles, before the next Conference.

  • Conference recognises the value of forward planning for both safety and health. The Conference recommends all companies in Oman to have, or put in place, emergency plans. This could be ‘enforced’ by Insurance Companies as a condition of providing insurance.

  • Conference recognises the impacts to individuals of work related ill health and the enormous costs of work disruption to companies when staff are away from work. The conference recommends all companies working in Oman to proactively manage the ill health risks to their staff. This could be ‘encouraged’ by Insurance Companies reducing their fees for companies with well managed health risks.

  • Conference recognises sustainable (long term) leadership and so the benefits of employing and developing Omanis in all aspects of health and safety from concept, through construction , operation & use and to eventual demolition. Conference recommends continued support for ICV and other training initiatives. This could be ‘encouraged’ by Insurance Companies by reducing their fees for companies that have and use health and safety training matrices.

  • Conference recognises the value of forward planning for both safety and health. The Conference recommends all companies in Oman to have, or put in place, business continuity plans. This could be ‘enforced’ by Insurance Companies as a condition of providing insurance.

  • Conference recognises the value of ‘lean’ and other optimization approaches to work place planning. Conference recommends all companies in Oman to consider utilizing these tools in all aspects of their work. This could be assessed by counting the number of companies using ‘lean’ approaches to their work in five years’ time.

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