MUSCAT: Al Ghubra Power and Desalination Company (GPDCo) has held a ceremony to recognise its employees and top performing departments for ‘Outstanding Achievement’ in protecting employees, property and the environment as well as maintaining the HSE culture within the company.

The awards aimed to encourage practices that improve the safety standards within the plant. “At GPDCo, we attribute our accomplishments to our team and their understanding of our philosophy towards the main GPDCo HSE goal of providing safe working environment. Rewarding our top achievers in safety encourages other to contribute to the HSE culture,” said Yaqoob al Rabaani, HSSE/compliances manager.

Another important aspect of maintaining a culture that focuses on the safety of its employees is continuous education; and that is why the company decided that a central trait in the awarded employees is contributions in raising awareness of the HSE culture to their fellow employees through regular workshops and safety briefs.

Furthermore, GPDCo has strengthened the HSE culture through understanding and addressing safety issues before they arise through the ‘Near Miss Report’.

The report highlights areas that may result in accidents regardless of how minor they may be, and encourages suggestions on how to improve these situations.

This also leads to raising awareness of the safety philosophy within the employees of GPDCo as well as the contractors and suppliers of the company. Six employees and the mechanical department have been granted the HSE Outstanding Achiever award, and have been recognised as part of GPDCo’s continued strategy to identifying the hazards at site by reporting the near miss.