• Health & Safety,  News

    Changing a Culture: Shifting Attitudes to Health and Safety in The Middle East

    We often wonder why we have such poor occupational health and safety standards in the Middle East compared to other areas of the world. But if you look around you, you’ll find the answer. Safety is no different to other facets of living in the Middle East – we suffer from a culture that has long been dependent on others to develop and implement systems and technology. Even the water we drink is imported! What appears to matter most to us is how easily we can purchase things that are ready-made, rather than go through the process of creating them ourselves. For example: We have budgets, but we mainly use…

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    Health & Safety,  News

    HSE Conference, Sudan

    RRC’s Conference Helps Spread HSE Awareness in Sudan As part of its aim to achieve safer working in Sudan, RRC Training Middle East (RRC ME) held a very successful two-day conference, ‘Enhancing HSE Culture for Sustainable Solutions’, in Khartoum. A high level of audience participation, plus excellent opportunities for networking, were the order of the day at the conference, which was attended by more than 200 delegates from public and private organisations from all over Sudan, representing the many burgeoning industries, including construction, energy, mining and manufacturing. The importance of HSE to Sudan’s government, the increasing need for local training and the damaging effects of accidents on Sudan’s economy were…

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    Health & Safety

    The World is Not Enough When it Comes to Environmental Awareness

    The eponymous quote is a free translation of James Bond’s family motto Orbis non sufficit (yes, I know he’s a fictional character and I know a better translation is ‘the world is insufficient’). James Bond was right though because, in environmental sustainability terms at least, the world is not enough. The planet does not need saving; it can adapt and look after itself. Instead, it’s us that need saving; saving from a potentially very hostile climate, overpopulation, food shortages, and civil unrest. Optimistically, we try to do the right thing but our natural avarice is stoked by the prod of marketing messages. We may be driven by technology – we…