Ghantoot top management is committed to managing the safety and welfare of all its own employees as well as all those employed in its capacity.

Ghantoot has employed a risk based system of managing our health and safety responsibilities. The company system has been audited by an internationally certified body and found to be reflective of the OHSAS 18001:2007 requirements and we were awarded ISO Certification in 2009.

Risk Management Based Approach

  • The Company uses a quantitative methodology to identify hazards and assess risks.
  • The Company uses both RA and RH assessment procedures to identify hazards and assess risks.
  • These procedures allow the company to identify hazards and assess the risks.
  • From the identification of hazards and the company's risk exposure we are able to evaluate and select OH&S controls.

This is an ongoing process which requires the company to continually evaluate the adequacy of our existing OH&S controls, and wherever necessary select further OH&S controls that further reduce the company OH&S risks.

Overview of the OHSEMS

In 2005 Ghantoot was operating many independent management systems, working some times in coordination with each other, but many times in parallel. The basis for the ideas were good, as the systems were based on the Deming cycle (PDCA).

The systems were then reviewed in 2008 as the world economy shrunk and the company went through management change, at this time a HSG65 system and Kaizan philosophy was introduced of continual improvement.

Whilst both these systems are based on sound principals and had some success in managing and control the company OH&S risks, the company needed a comprehensive system that allowed of an integrated system that managed both occupational health and safety risks and environmental impacts.

During 2009 the company undertook the aligning of the management systems with international standards and to improve the company's OH&S performance.

The Company Approach

The purpose of Ghantoot health and safety management system is to help the company to manage and control our OHSE risks and to develop our own OHSE performance Health and safety management.

This we achieved by developing an OHSEMS that complies with OHSAS 18001 and clearly defines the company, subcontractor and employee occupational health and safety requirements.

The concept of an OHSEMS was seen as rather abstract, not well understood and as a management system hard to absorb. The company had developed a simple to understand system which doesn't require every employee to completely grasp, absorb or memorize what it means.

Where possible the document was written in plain English, in addition, HSE Language was simplified and acronyms and synonyms kept to a minimum.

The manual was divided into general requirements and specific project or activity requirements; thus allowing individuals to access their requirements easily.

General Requirements include:

  • Scope of the management system.
  • Company policy.
  • Methodology and procedures to identify hazards and assess risks.
  • Establish procedures to evaluate and select OH&S controls.
  • Evaluate the adequacy of your existing OH&S controls.
  • Select OH&S controls that reduce your OH&S risks.
  • Document the results of your control selection process.
  • Identify relevant legal and other requirements.
  • Establish unique OH&S objectives.
  • Establish programs to achieve the company OH&S objectives.
  • Establish procedures to investigate OH&S incidents.
  • Identify, establish and implement OH&S training and awareness needs.
  • Establish and implement OH&S training and awareness procedures.
  • Establish procedures to manage OH&S communications and participation.
  • Establish an OH&S emergency management process.
  • Monitor and measure and review the company's OH&S performance.
  • Perform regular audits of the company OHSMS.

Specific requirements include:

  • Method statements and risk assessments of normal and abnormal tasks.
  • Task briefings
  • On the job training and evaluation
  • Shift handover
  • Coordination of logistic plans with all stakeholders
  • Monthly safety awards
  • KPI's evaluated
  • Site Inspections and HSE monitoring
  • Evaluating the adequacy of existing controls.
  • Select OH&S controls that reduce your OH&S risks.
  • Accident, Incident and near-miss reporting
  • First aid trending
  • Emergency evacuation planning

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