ASSE’s Work Safety Insights Featured at the First International Safety Conference in Azerbaijan
DES PLAINES, IL (January 17, 2013) – Azerbaijan leaders faced with a rapidly developing oil and gas industry are turning to occupational safety and health professionals and organizations such as the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for workplace safety guidance as illustrated by the inaugural ‘International Safety Leadership Conference’ held in Baku last December 14. ASSE officials not only presented at the conference, but also visited and spoke with many employees at a major oil and gas facility in the region.
Azerbaijan International Safety Conference attendees listen to ASSE President Rick Pollock's speech.
“The need is great,” ASSE President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, said. “The country has a rapidly growing oil and gas industry and they are working to meet the demands of this industry growth. Hence, we are helping by providing them with information, resources and guidance needed on developing and implementing workplace safety and health programs now.”
For instance, massive projects in the region include the development of the Turkmenistan Nabucco gas pipeline being built to transport gas to Central and Western Europe; the Sangachal Terminal, one of the largest oil and gas facilities in the world; and the Baku-Tibilisi-Ceyhan pipeline.
“To organize in an atmosphere of trust and confidence, provide a safe work environment, provide an open and honest relationship, to ensure the full involvement of employees of various trades, and to provide knowledge, skills and opportunities to improve the quality of work and beneficial relations with suppliers are roles of leadership in our company,” Rovshan Oguz Group Founder and President Hafiz Mustafayev said as he opened the conference.
A popular quote of Azerbaijan’s former president Heydar Aliyev who once noted, “It is much easier to prevent an incident than to deal with its outcome after it happens” was echoed by Azerbaijan’s Member of Parliament Rauf Aliyev and State Supervision of Construction, Ministry of Emergency Situations Team Leader Karim Agayev who also participated in the conference.
Business executives, occupational safety, health and environmental professionals, construction engineers, labor inspectors, loss control managers, business service managers, infrastructure managers, operations supervisors, training center managers, field service managers, aviation safety engineers, insurance professionals and much more attended the conference. Companies represented included Schlumberger, Silkway Business Aviation, Standard Insurance, Waterman, SOCAR, Rolls-Royce, BP, Rigmarine Azerbaijan, Bureau Veritas, Gulf Drilling, Halliburton, ASSE, Atlantic Waste Solution, ProAct Safety, Inc., and the Azerbaijan Ministry of Labour and Social Protection.
“In our tour of the oil and gas facility in Baku I was impressed with their commitment to protecting people, property and the environment,” Pollock said. “The international safety leadership conference also demonstrates this commitment. Being part of the Baku event was a historic moment for ASSE, the occupational safety, health and environmental profession and the countries represented at the meeting. They are embracing workplace safety at a rapid pace and we continue to help them.”
In his conference presentation, Shawn M. Galloway, of Spring, Texas, a member of ASSE’s International, Management and Military Practice Specialties and the Gulf Coast Chapter, discussed how in this age of transformation, safety professionals can establish cultural excellence.
“It pleases me to see ASSE and the occupational safety, health and environmental profession moving forward as our participation in these landmark events illustrate,” Pollock said. “We need to continue to meet the demands of a worldwide marketplace by providing the resources our members and the SH&E profession need to meet and be ahead of the ongoing global challenges of workplace risks and hazards.”
In addition to the U.S., ASSE has members and chapters in 80 other countries including Canada, Egypt, India, Kuwait and Nigeria.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional global safety society. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more ASSE global information please go to http://www.asse.org/membership/international.php or www.asse.org.