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29 January 2018

Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) President Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery has been named one of the top Chief Executive Officer’s for 2018 by the United States National Safety Council.

Council Chief Executive Officer Ms. Deborah Hersman congratulated Dr. Jawahery and commended his commitment to safety, along with his success in creating a safe environment for employees in the Petrochemical industry.

Dr. Jawahery is one of the few leaders whose contributions have been reviewed in the in the January issue of the Council’s Health and Safety Magazine, which has praised his dedication and approach, resulting in the Company winning safety, security and health awards.

In his comments, Dr. Jawahery said the achievement was due to the keen desire of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Leadership to provide all support to the Company and its Management, which was itself always keen to implement the Board of Directors’ strategies in terms of safety at work or at home.

"We have realised that success at work stems from proper management of health and safety issues and a commitment to the environment,” he said. “We are keen to introduce this culture at all levels of the Company's operations and have spared no efforts to invest in our Bahraini workforce, which has been provided all training opportunities at home and abroad.” He said the Company has inculcated a culture of safety and health at all stages of manufacturing and production.

Dr. Jawahery spoke about the Company's achievements in this area, including, but not limited to, achieving record working hours without a lost time accident, saying this is proof of its strict adherence in the management of occupational safety and health, and its continuous orientation to choose and integrate better global systems and standards in the area. It is this commitment, he added, that has resulted in the GPIC winning the Council’s Robert W. Campbell Award.

He applauded the interest the Kingdom’s Leadership had shown in creating advanced legislation and legal mechanisms that have been able to take steps in achieving a safe and sound working environment, which ensures all workers the necessary protection at their workplace. He said the decline in work-related injuries in Bahrain over the last 10 years is the result of the Government's growing interest in developing and promoting occupational safety and health.

Dr. Jawahery thanked the magazine board for the nomination and said it were a great personal honour for him, the Company and for the Kingdom of Bahrain. He called upon all companies to benefit from the Council’s programmes and take advantage of its exchange programmes and experiences.

The magazine provides comprehensive national coverage of occupational safety news and analyses global industry trends to more than 86,000 subscribers worldwide. The Council seeks to reduce avoidable and preventable deaths in the workplace, at home within the community and on the road through leadership, research, education and support.

GPIC is one of the best known companies in the field of safety, health and the environment, locally, regionally and across the globe. It has also won awards at regional and international forums, including the Sir George Earle Trophy from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in the United Kingdom.

The Company is the only one in the world to have won these two international awards, which is an unprecedented achievement in the history of the Petrochemical sector. GPIC has also won the safety award instituted by the British Safety Council for the sixth time in a row.