MUSCAT: The Board of Directors of Oman Society of Contractors (OSC) met the president of Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) on Monday to promote safe and healthy environment for construction workers.

The meeting, held at the OSC office in Ghubra, focused on topics such as accident mitigation, training and research. Shahswar al Balushi, CEO, OSC said, “We’ve had fruitful talks with Ian Harper, president, IOSH and his team regarding potential collaboration, which would help raise Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) standards within the construction sector in Oman. Among the topics discussed were accident mitigation, training and research.”

With offices in over 103 countries worldwide, IOSH is the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation, said Balushi. “They are the world’s biggest professional health and safety membership organisation, and their vast knowledge and experience in HSE will add value to the construction sector in Oman.

The construction sector is the biggest job provider in the country with over 680,000 currently employed. HSE is a key parameter for the sector. One of OSC’s objectives is to help and enable companies to raise their HSE standards.”

Elaborating on the issue he said, “Responsible local companies have HSE professionals on their teams as it is a part and parcel of protecting and looking after their staff and the environment. “OSC will continue its efforts to inculcate a culture of HSE within the workforce and it is supported by governmental decisions which outline HSE requirements within the industry.”

SOURCE: Muscat Daily