Improve Safety,

Reduce Incidents,

Save Lives

Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th October


Day 1 – Tuesday 29th September 2020

All times are in Gulf Standard Time

11:00 – 11:30 am GST

08:00 – 08:30 am BST

Logins Open

Meetings & Networking Session 1

11:15 – 11:30 am GST

Welcome to the Congress

Hosted by: Paul Clark

11:30 am – 12:30 pm GST

Opening Keynote Panel

Moderated by: Andy Whitley, Human Performance Consultant, Paradigm HP

Title: Courageous Leadership

This year, more than any other year we have seen examples of all different types of Leadership, some inspirational and some not so much.  Navigating your people and your organisation through these unprecedented challenges successfully has required courage.  What traits do courageous leaders have and how can we capture the courageous leadership spirit that we have seen during the pandemic and distill that into the traits of a newly developing leader in the years to come?

12:30 – 12:50 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 2

12:50 – 13:20 pm GST

Workshop 1

Hosted by: Dr Rob Cooling, Vice President – Health and Safety Assurance, EXPO 2020

Title: Expo 2020 Dubai “Promises” Campaign – The Management of Significant Health and Safety Hazards

The presentation discusses the “Promises” campaign which has created significant impact and influence on health and safety performance at Expo 2020 Dubai. The campaign involved working with various stakeholders to identify key construction health and safety hazards and agree on the critical behaviours related to each hazard. The implementation of the campaign has been supported by a range of training courses, including activity briefing training for Supervisors and visual impact training for front-line workers to reinforce the key behaviours. At a project level, Contractors report positive and broken Promises (behaviours) and use this data to guide interventions and improvement areas. The campaign has also started to create a legacy, with many of the Contractors on Expo now using this approach across other projects in the region. Overall, the campaign has been a considerable success and a key element of Expo’s Better Together strategy.

13:20 – 13:40 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 3

13:40 – 14:10 pm GST

Workshop 2

Hosted by: Richard Bate, Snr HSE Manager & Stuart Bate, Snr Electrical Manager at FIA Formula E

Title: Zero to 45001 – HSE Management in FIA Formula E

Richard and Stuart from the FIA Formula E Race Championship talk through the HSE challenges they faced when they joined the championship in 2016.
From a literal blank page, through the development and implementation of a HSE management system. They will discuss the specific challenges of building racetracks in city centre locations globally, managing planning and permitting complications,  while simultaneously introducing a HSE management system into the series. Richard will talk the digitates through the development of a HSE management system, contactor management and his approach to construction management is complex locations. Stuart will expand upon working in parallel with Richard to develop power distribution at Formula E racetracks and the specific challenges he faces around high voltage safety management specific to car charging. Both Richard and Stuart will reference their relationship with ABB and the positive results this had produced between ABB the primary series sponsor and the series HSE and Electrical Departments. Stuart can expand into the development of future fast battery charging within the series working with ABB. 
The session will close with an opportunity for delegates to ask the speakers questions about the HSE management within the series. Garry Foote ABB to join the Q&A session.

14:10 – 14:30 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 4

14:30 – 15:00 pm GST

Workshop 3

Hosted by: Mark Walker, Vice President at DEKRA Organisational and Process Safety

Title: Creating a Culture of Care

Organisations can improve their safety efforts and build resilience against catastrophic events by increasing the level of care demonstrated by people in their decision making and behaviour.
The three elements of the Culture of Care are (1) people, (2) processes and procedures, and (3) plant and equipment.
In a Culture of Care, those working within it are collectively motivated to show interest in, and concern for, what’s important. This mindset is evident through the decision making, behaviour, and language of leaders – the owners of the culture. And it is felt by everyone who comes in contact with it: employees, contractors, and visitors, alike. Discretionary effort flourishes, procedures are understood and functionally applied, and people protect each other from harm.
When care is demonstrated, organisations can also gain greater productivity, predictability, and efficiency in how things and people work. This drives the resiliency necessary to prevent, control, and respond to upset conditions.
This care is built around a principle that safety is not the absence of incidents but the presence of barriers and that our people are viewed as the solution and not the problem.

15:00 – 15:20 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 5

15:20 – 15:50 pm GST

Workshop 4

Hosted by: Andrew Barker, General Manager, Group HSE, Rezayat Group

Title: The case of the Middle East Business Model and how the Global HSE Network can play an integral part in changing the profession for the safety and wellbeing of the people we help.

The case of the Middle East Business Model and how the Global HSE Network can play an integral part in changing the profession for the safety and wellbeing of the people we help.
Understanding the relationships between competitiveness and safety, project contributors and competence, and how these influence safety performance is a long-standing challenge in the Middle East. 
While it is “accepted” that standards are consistent across the Middle East, it is not fair to say they are not mature.  We’ve had time enough and standards have matured into what they are today.
So, what can be done to change this if the HSE professionals seek compliance?  Who actually wants to change and do they know how?
In this workshop, Andy will take us through case studies where we challenge the “route causes” of things that go wrong, engage the C-suites on relationships and the business model, and provide a route to more sustainable decision making. 

15:50 – 16:10 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 6

16:10 – 16:40 pm GST

Workshop 5

Hosted by: Larry Wilson, SafeStart

Title: Defenseless Moments: A Different Perspective On Serious Injuries And Fatalities

Recordable injuries have come down over the last 10 years but serious injuries and fatalities have not–why? One potential explanation is that the standard model or matrix for risk assessment (probability of severity vs. probability of occurrence) didn’t include human factors: The component or piece of metal doesn’t care if it fails or breaks, but we do. In this session, participants will learn what really causes the majority of serious injuries and fatalities. It is not intuitive.  More importantly, they will also learn four critical error reduction techniques that have been proven to significantly reduce serious injuries with over 4,000,000 employees in 66 countries, 24/7.

16:40 – 17:00 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 7

Day 2 – Wednesday 30th September 2020

All times are in Gulf Standard Time

11:00 – 11:30 am GST

08:00 – 08:30 am BST

Logins Open

Meetings & Networking Session 8

11:30 – 12:30 pm GST

Opening Keynote Panel

Moderated by: Larry Wilson, Author and Co-CEO, SafeStart International

Title: Leading indicators—what would make you change, what do you rely on?

We all know some leading indicators are more reliable than others. Unfortunately, none of them are perfect. Near-miss reports are valuable simply in terms of “preventing the next one”. But the number of near-miss reports being turned in is also important. Observations can be a good leading indicator for problem areas or behaviours, but only if they are quality observations. Hazard reports can also be reliable, and in some cases audits can be used as leading indicators. However, a low-quality audit that provides a favorable “score” could also lead to a false sense of security. But in the end, someone has to decide. What will this organization or corporation believe in enough to make significant changes on a proactive basis (change course, change senior operations personnel or stop the operation entirely).
And, if we abandon theory and just look at reality, are there any real-world examples?

12:30 – 12:50 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 9

12:50 – 13:20 pm GST

Workshop 6

Hosted by: Gary Foote, VP HSE & Sustainability Asia Middle East & Africa Region, ABB, with guest speaker Chris Haill

Title: RUOK ? ………#JUSTREACHOUT………………. Its ok not to be ok

2020 has been a challenging year for many and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support others. 
Research shows that on average seven in 10 employees have experienced a mental health problem in their lives, with 53% affected by poor mental health in their current workplace. So, no matter what size an organization is, mental health at work should be high on its agenda
A caring culture that promotes wellbeing, enthusiasm and stress resilience creates a working environment where everyone feels valued. Happy, motivated people achieve great things and, in turn, so does the business,
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living. Sound familiar? 
Gary will explore with Chris Haill, who was at the lowest point of his long illness in 2020 when he tried to take his own life, the warning signs (Red Flags) for friends, colleagues and family members to look for and help raise awareness and generate the respect this Clinical Condition deserves.

13:20 – 13:40 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 10

13:40 – 14:10 pm GST

Workshop 7

Hosted by: Phil Gilling, Specialist Consultant, Paradigm HP

Title: Courageous Leaders

Courageous Leaders set their people up for success and regularly hold the mirror up to their own behaviours and attitudes, often finding themselves wanting.  This is true in almost every aspect of leadership, except when it comes to managing Health and Safety risk.  When an accident happens, it’s the Health and Safety Manager who often carries the can.  When a budget gets overspent or a project loses money we rarely hear of the Finance Manager having to explain what he or she is going to do about it.  Commercial and financial risk is the responsibility of the Project Manager, hiring and firing the workers is the responsibility of the Line Manager, so why are so many organisations still ‘blaming’ the safety manager when someone else screws up?  In this workshop we will explore why the Health and Safety community must step-up to the challenge of making sure that health and safety is seen as a line management responsibility and showing our leadership peer group how to be mindful of and accountable for the shadow they cast.

14:10 – 14:30 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 11

14:30 – 15:00 pm GST

Workshop 8

Hosted by: Ross Hopwood, HSQE Manager (HOD), ISG

Title: The Ultimate goal of Mature Culture

Within the industry, culture has vastly become a hot topic; however, it is never something that an organisation can truly measure, and ultimately aim to go beyond. Therefore, most organisation’s find it challenging to understand what type of culture they have or want to strive towards. In addition to this, in our region the educational constraints within the workforce is a challenge and going above a compliance culture is something us safety professionals cannot always visualise. After joining an organisation like ISG where Health & Safety is at the forefront, we still seem to be very much compliance-driven, without any thought of going beyond in a proactive approach. I will share our progress over the next 12 months, what achievements we plan for and our plans on how we are ever-changing in the ultimate drive towards being a Mature Culture minded organisation in the Middle East.

15:00 – 15:20 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 12

15:20 – 15:50 pm GST

Workshop 9

Hosted by: Kate Field, Global Head Health, Safety and Wellbeing, BSI Group

Title: Prioritizing people – Putting the ‘human’ back at the centre of your organization

A human centred approach underpins a truly successful organization. Failing to take account of people and their physical and mental health and wellbeing undermines the culture of the organization; increasing risk; decreasing resilience and may even lead to legal challenges.
For long term success an organization needs to address the root causes of psychological ill health and recognize that people’s work and home life are not inseparable. Organizations need to recognise that psychological health and well-being is a multi-facetted issue, that needs a holistic and joined up approach, bringing together multi-discipline teams including HR, H&S and occupational health.
This session will introduce the new international standard, DIS/ISO 45003 Psychological health and safety at work : managing psychosocial risks and provide an overview of the key recommendations for managing psychological health in the workplace that this guideline standard provides. The session will then go to explore what a truly holistic and integrated workplace wellbeing programme looks like.

15:50 – 16:10 pm GST

Meetings & Networking 13

16:10 – 17:00 pm GST

Closing Panel Discussion

Moderated by: Peter Stubbs

Advisory Council Panellists:
  • Aziz Zerban, HSEQ Director, Jacobs,
  • Andrew Barker, General Manager, Group HSE, Rezayat Group 
  • Gary Foote, VP HSE & Sustainability Asia Middle East & Africa Region, ABB
  • Rob Cooling, Vice President – Health, Safety, Quality & Environment, Expo 2020
  • Ross Hopwood, HSQE Manager (HOD), ISG Plc.

Title: The evolution of the HSE professional – a look at the emerging skills and competencies required for the HSE professional.

What are the new technical, commercial and soft skills needed to ensure we remain the “expert” in our field as well adding a new level of value to our businesses?
What role do you expect new and disruptive technology and communication channels to play in this evolution?  – e.g. social media, APPs, automation and AI?”
3 key take-aways:-
Evaluate the dimensions of your own role and compare them to others within the HSE profession.
Understand the emerging professional development priorities for the future.
Hear from others on tactics and advice to help turn HSE from being a ‘must-have’ to a central pillar of business strategy.

Improve Safety, Reduce Incidents, Save Lives