Date(s) - 17 March 2008
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EQUATE honors its contractors
EQUATE Petrochemical Company hosted its “2007 Contractors Award Celebration” with the participation of 70 senior management and representatives of 42 contractors who have greatly contributed to achieving EQUATE 2007 goals.
Addressing participants, EQUATE President and CEO Hamad Al-Terkait said the company has set a vision to become a world-class organization and such an event, being held for the third time in EQUATE’s history, reflected achieving this goal.
He said 2007 was an excellent year for EQUATE , adding that he was looking forward for a better year in 2008 with the support of contractors who are considered as the “second wing of EQUATE.”
On his part, EQUATE Vice-President for Operations Nick Vossenberg valued the work executed by contractors, stressing that the company’s philosophy revolved around “good, efficient and safe work” at all times.
He added that EQUATE has several programs to meet its safety goals that will soon enable it to reach 10 million safe work hours.
EQUATE Supplier Management Action Team (SMAT) leader Arif Al-Qattan said his company valued the exceptional contribution of its contractors to its safety performance in 2007. EQUATE was able to achieve 8 Million Safe Man-Hours through the contribution of its contractors.
“In 2007, EQUATE conducted Environment Health and Safety (EH&S) performance benchmark study with other 8 comparable best performing sites across the globe. The result showed clearly that EQUATE performance including it contractors was among the top performers in all areas,” explained Al-Qattan.
During the forum, EQUATE shared its plans to improve contractor safety at site by adopting to new important contractor safety programs that stresses the selection of contractors with high reliable safety programs and also continuously evaluating their performance when working at EQUATE sites.
A brief presentation was given by the EH&S Department Leader Yousef Al-Gharabally on the excellent EH&S performance by EQUATE in the year 2007.
One of the major aspects covered by Al-Gharabally was the newly introduced Non-EQUATE Services (NES) which is the comprehensive EH&S Management system for the contractors. Based on this program, contractors who are associated with EQUATE in business will be evaluated for prequalification and for on the job safety performance. The elements of this program will have more integrated partnership between contractors and EQUATE in achieving EH&S excellence.
In addition, EQUATE and the contractors held an interactive session regarding issues relevant to safe and secure work procedures, policies and training. Two contractors shared their HS&E work experience with all participants.
The event also included presenting plaques to contractors in appreciation for their role with EQUATE.