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ASSP organized 11th HSSE & Loss Prevention Professional Development Conference 2023

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ASSP organized 11th HSSE & Loss Prevention Professional Development Conference 2023

ASSP Kuwait Chapter Organizes 11th International Health Safety Security & Environment (HSSE) Professional Development & Loss Prevention Conference 2023 on 10th & 11th May 2023

American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Kuwait Chapter is an ISO-certified premier voluntary, non-profit Health, Safety, and Environmental organization that strives to provide professional guidance, training, consultancy, and resources to the industrial and social sectors in the region.

As a part of its continuous efforts in its professional journey, ASSP Kuwait Chapter organized the 11th International HSSE & Loss Prevention Professional Development Conference (PDC) and Exhibition on 10th & 11th May 2023 under the patronage of Minister of Oil, State of Kuwait. The Conference aims to provide a platform for HSE Professionals and Practitioners to participate in the mega event as technical experts, presenters, exhibitors, authors, or delegates. As part of its continuing efforts to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses and adverse impacts on the environment by ensuring the professional development of HSE professionals, ASSP Kuwait Chapter has been organizing PDC since the Year 2004.

The two-day Conference, with the Theme "Environmental Excellence Through Sustainable Solutions," was inaugurated by Eng. Samira Mohamad Al Kandari, Acting General Manager & Environmental Control Affairs Sector, Kuwait EPA as a representative of H.E. Minister of Oil, State of Kuwait.

The inaugural session was attended by Ms. Wadha Al Khatib, CEO, KNPC; Ms. Nadia Al Hajji CEO of PIC; Mr. Bader Al-Saad Al-Munaifi, DCEO KOC; Mr. Abdul Aziz Al Duaij, DCEO, Support Services, KNPC and several other dignitaries from Oil sector companies, ASSP Region IX Vice President Mr.Vasudevan Narayan, Area 1 Director Mr. Sampath Reddy, BCSP representative and other distinguished guests.

Conference Core committee members Engr. Fadhel Al Ali, Chairman of ASSP Kuwait, Engr. Faris Al Mansouri, Conference Director; Mr. Mazharuddin Shaikh, President of ASSP Kuwait Chapter; Mr. Jignesh Shah, Conference Deputy Director, Eng. Ahmad Esmail, & Mr. Sampath Reddy Golamari, Conference Mentors, and Mr. Sunil Sadanandan, Head of Conference Proceedings, who played a crucial role in organizing this mega international Conference, received the dignitaries & Guests.

ASSP Kuwait Chapter President Mr. Mazharuddin Shaikh kickstarted the ceremony with a presidential address followed by welcome speeches by Chairman Eng. Fadel Al- Ali and Conference Director Eng. Fares Al-Mansouri. Mr. Jignesh Shah, Conference Deputy Director, briefed the key features of the Conference. Eng. Ahmed Al Shatti, Honorary Secretary of the ASSP Kuwait chapter, and Mr. Bader Al Hadhrami, Honorary Vice President (elect) of the ASSP Kuwait chapter, anchored the proceedings of the inaugural ceremony.

The inauguration featured keynote speeches by the dignitaries. At the end of the inaugural ceremony, all the dignitaries were recognized with a memento. The ceremony was concluded with a thanking Speech by Eng. Bader Al Hadhrami. Later, the dignitaries inaugurated the conference exhibition.

After the inaugural ceremony, an Executive Panel Discussion on 'Climate Change and Renewable energy' was held with the participation of Mr. Abdulaziz Ahmed Al-Duaij, DCEO, Support Services, KNPC, Mr. Hamad Al Subaie, DCEO, Manufacturing & Marketing PIC, facilitated by Engr Ahmad Ismail Conference Mentor.

During the two-day Conference, three symposiums, namely Energy & Environment, Process Safety Management, & HSE Regulations in Kuwait, Three plenary sessions, Ten concurrent Technical sessions on topics related to Occupational Health & Industrial Hygiene, Process Safety, Personal Safety, Fire Safety, and Environment Management, were presented. In addition, E-posters are presented on various topics. During the two days of the Conference, 50 plus papers were presented with the participation of more than 600 Delegates, visitors, and guests.

In addition to presentations, Pre and Post-conference Workshops have been organized, with more than 100 delegates participating.

As part of this two-day Conference, an exclusive session on Women's Health & Safety at Work for Women professionals was organized by the Women in Safety Excellence (WISE) committee on 10th May 2023; around 50 professionals attended this event.

An evening PDC technical session was organized with three presentations for the members of the ASSP Kuwait Chapter. Initiated with a brief introduction by Mr. Safdar Ali Khan, Vice President of ASSP Kuwait. The first speaker, Mr. Larry Wilson, CEO of Safe Start, Canada, presented "Creating a Culture of Voluntary Compliance: a different perspective on Serious Injuries." The second speaker Mr. Samy Karam Gerguis, Team Leader, Blackline Safety, presented on "Connected Personal Gas Monitoring." The third speaker Mr. Artem Uralov, MSA Regional Sales Manager, presented "Remote connectivity in Gas detection and latest technology for reducing the temperature inside industrial helmets." The final round of the HSE Champion 2023 quiz was conducted, and the prizes were distributed with the sponsorship of M/s Raja Trading Company.

The second-day opening session featured keynote speeches from recognized HSE professionals of organizations like ASSP & BCSP (Mr. Vasudevan Narayanan, Regional Vice President- ASSP Region IX, Mr. Sampath Reddy Area Director -1, Mr. Ashok Garlapati, Director - BCSP, USA).

The opening session of the second day was followed by the second Executive Panel Discussion (EPD) on "Role of Technology in Safety at Work" with the participation of Mr. Dhari Al Garaballi -Manager HSE KIPIC, Mr. Ahmed Ismael Team Leader KNPC and Mr. Raghuvaran from Board of Certified Safety Professionals which Mr. Larry Wilson from SafeStart Canada facilitated. Mr. Mohammed Mohiuddin and Mr. Ashok Garlapati facilitated EPD & Plenary sessions.

An exposition by more than 20 major industrial suppliers, service providers, and consultants was organized during this two-day Conference, where the delegates had an opportunity to witness the latest innovative technology and safety and fire equipment.

The Conference was endorsed by KPC & its subsidiaries E as well as supported/endorsed by many international agencies like the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC), the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP), The Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) as the Knowledge Partner of the Conference.

The conference delegates, including Managers, Team Leaders, Consultants, Specialists, Engineers, Physicians, Coordinators, Inspectors & Supervisors of various disciplines from the oil sector and other companies, attended the Conference. The evening session was also conducted for the benefit of the ASSP Members.

Mr. Bala Srikanth Advi, Mr. Rajasekhar, Mr. Sanjay Jaiswal, Mr. Abdul Gani, Mr. Kashif Ali, Mr. Munir Khan, Mr. Chary Ramakrushana and Eng. Hanan Almohammed (WISE) led different committees in organizing PDC 2023.

The Conference's closing ceremony was held in the afternoon on 11th May 2023 with all the volunteers and committee members.

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