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Your Excellency Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Oil & Gas Affairs, Chairman of the National Oil & Gas Authority
Your Excellency Dr. Majid Bin Muhsin Al-Alawi, Minister of Labor
Your Excellencies Members of the Shura and Representative Councils
Your Excellency Janet Froetscher, President & CEO of the National Safety Council
Lord Bill Jordan, President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
Mr. David Morris, Chairman of the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH)
Mr. Thorleif Enger, President of the International Fertilizer Association
Mr. Luc Maene, IFA’s Director General,

Ladies and Gentlemen

Let me begin by saying what a great honour and privilege it is for me to receive the "Robert W. Campbell Award 2008" on behalf of the shareholders, board of directors, employees and business partners of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).

I know that this award will only augment our perseverance and commitment to spreading the culture of health and safety both within GPIC, and across our region.

Our commitment at GPIC to safety, health and the environment (SHE) starts from within. As employees and managers, we built our SHE management system to be responsive to continual improvement and enhancement.

In doing so, our intentions are clear – to propel GPIC’s business excellence by delivering our services and products to our customers in a responsible and caring manner. And over and above this, we strive to carry our deeply instilled SHE culture outside of our company at every opportunity.

GPIC’s SHE management system is made up of the following building blocks:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Management System OHSAS18001;
  • Environment Management System standard (International Standard Organization (ISO)14001;
  • Quality Management System standard ISO9001;
  • Integrated Management System standard Publicly Available Specification 99 or PAS 99
  • Process Safety Management (PSM); and
  • Information Management System standard ISO27001

The aim of this integrated and overlapping SHE management approach is to make certain that the employees and management are jointly striving to achieve SHE excellence at all times, and that the company is always challenged to enhance its performance and improve its processes.

This integration has enabled us to achieve numerous successes and ensured that we work safely and that our lost time injuries are minimized, while there is no adverse impact from our business activities on the health of the workforce or our surrounding environment.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

Through our relentless efforts to inculcate SHE awareness as a way of life in GPIC, we will endeavour our utmost to ensure that at the national level, Bahrain has a strong and influential legislative system that will protect the workforce and make health and safety an integral part of our culture.

But for GPIC it does not stop there. I am happy to say that GPIC is also very active in promoting SHE awareness at the regional level. Indeed, we foresaw the need for a voluntary and non-profit association for our industry through which we can promote our SHE culture and values.

GPIC is instrumental in the establishment of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) in 2004, as a non-profit association serving all the countries in the region. Through membership with GPCA the region benefits from access to a variety of data and resources alongside technical assistance and knowledge required by the petrochemicals and chemicals industry.

Soon after the establishment of GPCA, we created a SHE committee within GPCA to ensure that this technical aspect of our business is given the appropriate attention and focus that it deserves. I am pleased to announce that this relatively young organisation has more than 123 companies as members, and both interest and membership are growing.

We are confident that through GPCA and GPIC’s initiatives regional petrochemical and chemical companies will embrace the principles of performance driven by SHE values to ultimately make our business safer.

Similarly, we established a SHE committee for the Arab Fertilizer Association (AFA) in 2006 to ensure that SHE issues are brought to the forefront of Arab fertilizer companies. Again, I am happy to to see that our efforts are bearing fruit as we are now and for the first time in the region, the AFA’s guiding SHE principles alongside introducing the AFA SHE Award (similar to the National Safety Council’s Robert W. Campbell Award) are now a reality.

Our aim is to ensure that Arab fertilizer companies give SHE initiatives the same due diligence as other key areas of their business such as production and marketing. This is an extremely significant development because for the Arab fertilizer producers, this way of doing business represents nothing short of a paradigm shift.

On an international level and in my capacity as the Chairman of the International Fertilizer Association’s Technical Committee, we were able to introduce a SHE committee in 2005 as an independent arm of the IFA Technical Committee. Again, underlying this initiative has been our commitment to ensure that we have adequate focus on SHE initiatives on the global level. And incorporating this award presentation with the IFA Global Safety Summit is yet another initiative for us to ensure that our partners within our industry share and benefit form our endeavors.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

GPIC might be a small company but we believe that we have a moral obligation to represent our industry in a manner that benefits humanity worldwide.

In 2005, GPIC won the Sir George Earle Trophy, which is the highest health and safety accolade presented in the United Kingdom by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of England.

Today, winning the Robert W. Campbell award makes us the one and only unique company to have won both honours. This indeed is heartwarming and clear testimony that the effort of each and every member of the GPIC family is not in vain.

However, the awards now place even greater responsibility on each and every one of us at GPIC towards further embracing SHE initiatives and business excellence - A task that is harder to maintain than to achieve.

Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

I would like to assure you that winning the Robert W. Campbell Award will only strengthen our resolve and commitment towards SHE and motivate us to continue to pursue our vision of a safer, healthier and more environmentally caring industry.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the National Safety Council and the Robert W. Campbell Award Executive Committee, the Panel of Reviewers, and the Global Partners for bestowing this prestigious honour on GPIC.

I would also like to thank his Excellency Dr. Abdul Hussain bin Ali Mirza, Minister of Oil & Gas Affairs, Chairman of the National Oil & Gas Authority for his support and guidance that enabled 2 companies from Bahrain to win this prestigious award.

In 2007, the Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) won this award and by doing so they further motivated us to follow suite. This is a testimony that the oil and gas industries in Bahrain are of world-class caliber and that all industries in Bahrain can emulate and benefit from our combined experiences.

I would like to take this opportunity to also thank our Chairman and Advisor to His Highness the Prime Minister for Oil and Gas Affairs, His Excellency Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa, His Majid Bin Muhsin Al-Alawi, Minister of Labor in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Chairman of Bahrain Health and Safety Society His Excellency Dr. Mustafa AlSyaed and Board Members, and our Board of Directors for their unlimited support and encouragement to the management and employees of GPIC.

Finally, I would like to thank all our employees and business partners who take ownership of GPIC’s SHE management system and make it part of their culture and way of life.

Without our employees, we would not have been able to attain this prestigious award.

Thank you for celebrating with us GPIC’s success,

AbdulRahman Jawahery
President