Organized by IRCA Middle East, the fourth edition of the two-day annual conference will be held from 15-16 December at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai.
The conference is titled ‘Occupational Health & Safety: Compliance or Performance? The Cost of Getting It Wrong’.
The conference will provide a unique opportunity for occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals, including co-authors of international standards and technical committee members to exchange views and experiences with industry peers.
Conference speakers will present best practices and practical case studies that have created value. Panellists will also address OHS concerns with a wide range of stakeholders across various industry sectors.
The Dubai conference will cover topics such as putting an OHS strategy into action, integrated corporate governance, a behaviour-based approach to OHS management, and the challenges of growth versus high risk work.
Khalid Al Malik, Chairman of the Board of IRCA Middle East, said:
“With the extensive economic development the GCC has embarked on across various industry verticals, investing in occupational health and safety initiatives has become an inherent part of the long term business value of most reputed organizations. Going forward, it is imperative for businesses to continually strive to set standards related to health and safety that form the core of corporate sustainability. The IRCON 2008 conference theme ‘Occupational Health and Safety, Compliance or Performance’ will add to the overall thought process and help usher global best practices across various sectors. Health and safety in the modern world can no more be categorised with cost but must be considered a wise investment. Every business wants to see a healthy workforce and ensure systemic measures are in place to assure workplace safety.”
A distinguished advisory board comprising eminent OHS professionals in the Gulf region will guide the programme for the conference.
Carel Labuschagne, CEO of IRCA Global, said:
“We are delighted to bring this international conference to the Middle East for the first time. In the previous editions of the conference in South Africa and Malaysia, we had speakers and project cases from the GCC. We have critically looked at the developments in various industry sectors in this region and have given sufficient thought in deciding the theme of this conference. IRCON 2008 will address the importance of strategic investment in occupational health and safety and its return on investment through measurable performance. We have attracted renowned speakers in the GCC from various sectors such as construction, oil and gas, petrochemical, general industry, healthcare and consulting services in addition to research experts from reputed universities in Singapore and the UK. The delegates will gain a unique opportunity to discuss the practicality of this emerging subject.”
IRCON™ is supported by the Dubai Quality Group, a non-profit organisation set up by the Dubai Department of Economic Development, and Build Safe Dubai, a non-profit organization aimed at improving the health, safety and welfare of construction industry stakeholders through free exchange of information among organisations to prevent accidents.
Dubai Quality Group and Build Safe Dubai will support IRCON by promoting the event amongst their registered members through different marketing campaigns, sharing with them the importance of occupational health and safety.
Emirates airline is the official carrier for the conference.
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