Muscat – The Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) and Oman Energy Association (OPAL) organised the first safety forum for the mining sector in the sultanate on Tuesday.
The forum was held under the auspices of H E Mohsin bin Hamad al Hadhrami, Undersecretary of MEM. It was attended by over 100 executives and senior leaders representing the public and private sectors.
The main objective of the forum was to establish a strong alliance between the key parties involved in operations, management and sustainability of the mining sector. It further aimed to build commitment to comply with local laws and regulations, and step up safety leadership and the HSE culture in the mining sector by applying high HSE standards, employing advanced systems and new technologies, improving safety and worker welfare, and providing high quality training.
The event was also an opportunity to roll out occupational health, safety and environment (OHSE) guidelines – established by MEM – for mineral exploration in the sultanate.
The OHSE guidelines document was developed based on a comprehensive HSE assessment conducted at 15 mining sites across Oman, covering 37 HSE assessment criteria divided into 17 focus areas in relation to the management of HSE in mining operations.
The MEM OHSE guidelines set out critical HSE requirements for compliance by all companies involved in mining operations.
OPAL, in partnership with MEM, has achieved major improvements in HSE standardisation of the oil and gas industry, a press release stated. ‘OPAL has established ten HSE standards and one guideline document for the oil and gas sector to streamline management of HSE, unification of practices and processes, as well as governance.
This standardisation has contributed to a boundary-less movement of contractors and resource providers between the different operators, saving millions of Omani rials by unifying vehicle specifications, training programmes, as well as training institute requirements and trainer requirements.
‘OPAL will continue to utilise its expertise to support the mining sector evolve in safety leadership and establish a strong HSE culture and HSE standardisation.’