Saturday, December 08, 2012

Qatar Airways wins recognition for safety training success

Qatar Airways has been recognized by Qatar International Safety Centre (QISC) and the Engineering Construction Industry Board (ECITB) for training 1,000 employees to date, in the internationally accredited Health & Safety Passport Programme developed by them.

The airline’s chief technical officer Kieran James Graham received the award from QISC business development manager Andy Reid and ECITB main board director Julian Gammage.

Graham said the efforts of the airline’s technical team were instrumental in this achievement.

“Such a large number of employees were trained in a short period of time without impacting the day to day running of the maintenance operations,” he said.

Qatar Airways’ participation in the Safety Passport Scheme in conjunction with QISC and ECITB will enhance the safety culture and health and safety education of the airline’s engineering staff, Graham explained.

ECITB international business development manager Jason Reily, director Antony Featherstone, QISC commercial manager Steven Hickey and Qatar Airways technical training manager (operations) Prasad Kulathilaka, senior manager (technical training) Abdulsalam al-Aamri, vice president (quality assurance and maintenance training) Mohamed Talaat Mahmoud, controller (technical training) Prarthana Shetty, technical training manager (standards and compliance) and Ajith Samarasena were also present.

QISC, the only approved ECITB training provider in Qatar, worked together with Qatar Airways to ensure that the Health and Safety program would suit and meet the needs of the airline’s employees.

The program, delivered in Arabic, Hindi, Nepali, Urdu, Tagalog, Malayalam and English, is a mix of behavioural safety and group interaction exercises.

The subjects covered include safety culture, hazards and risks, confined space, working at height, scaffolding, manual handling, excavation and trenching.


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