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Health, Safety and Environmental Manager – Oman

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Oman Rail has the mandate to develop the rail network as a major step in Oman’s journey to become a key logistics hub for the region. The rail network is being built in conjunction with other GCC member countries to connect rail services within the Gulf countries. The 2,135kilometre rail network – the country’s first – is connecting major Oman Ports of Sohar, Duqm and Salalah, to the GCC and consequently wides region.


Main Purpose
The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager is responsible for leading and directing the development and implementation of Oman Rail’s corporate HSEMS (Health, Safety and Environmental Management System), so as to ensure the implementation of industry best practice and compliance with international standards, statutory requirements and local regulations.
Principal Accountabilities
Key Responsibilities
• Responsible for establishing and maintaining the company’s HSE Policy, strategy, principles and program so as to ensure the health, safety and welfare of Oman Rail’s employers, assets, supply chain, public and others affected by its activities.
• Develop, implement and maintain a HSEMS in support of all business activities, including procurement, design, construction, testing & commissioning and operations & maintenance and achieve accreditation to OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001.
• Work closely with all departments, PMC, construction supervisors, contractors and supply chain partners to ensure effective HSE implementation on site and monitor HSE performance and ensure compliance through the use of appropriate KPIs and planned management tours, audit and inspections, producing periodic reports and analyses as required.
• Promote an effective safety culture and highest safety standards using behaviour-based techniques, tools and other proven methods to reduce personal accidents, promote personal well-being and raise environmental awareness, and communicate and promote topic-based HSE communications, initiatives and campaigns as appropriate.
• Ensure an effective system of incident reporting, investigation and statutory reporting are in place, and conduct investigations for major incidents and events as required, liaising with supply chain partners and external parties (e.g. ROP, Civil Defence etc.) as appropriate.
• Ensure that HSEMS policies, procedures and standards comply with Oman law and other local requirements as required, liaising with government bodies and agents as necessary.
• Develop a HSE Competence Management framework and HSE training plan, based on appropriate training needs analysis to ensure HSE personal and professional development needs are met.
• Advise Procurement on all HSE contract requirements (e.g. supplier accreditation and certification) and as informed buyer for all HSE services and products (e.g. PPE, training, consultancy support etc.)
• Co-ordinate HSE function input to the Corporate Risk Management log.
• Conduct regular topic and risk-based seminars and briefing sessions with employees, supply chain partners and external parties to encourage dialogue on HSE matters and enhance technical awareness of HSE risks.

HSQE Responsibilities
• Lead the development and implementation of the HSEMS and Competence Management System HSE requirements within their Department and provide the leadership to ensure that contents of HSE policy statements are known and understood by their staff.
• Lead the development of and co-ordinate input to the HSE policy statement.
• Exercise a personal duty of care for their own health, safety and welfare and for those affected by their acts or omissions, and promote the same within their area of responsibility.
• Lead by example and ensure that ways to conserve energy, water and resources and minimize the generation of waste are identified and responded to across the business (e.g. recycling campaigns, procurement of energy saving equipment) within their area of responsibility.
• Protect information assets and data, including both electronic and paper based, from all threats whether internal, external, deliberate or accidental.
• Promote a good and robust HSE culture among their departments and peers.
• Conduct regular reviews of HSE performance within their department and seek ways to continually improve.


Experience and Knowledge and Skills
• Minimum 10 years’ HSE industry experience, with 5 years’ HSE experience in rail manufacturing, construction, major project management and/or operations and maintenance.
• Demonstrate business understanding with impeccable integrity.
• Sound business acumen with strong interpersonal and soft skills.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Will have and be able to demonstrate an expert understanding of OHSAS 18001, OHSAS1400, related HSE and rail industry standards and systems, procedures, requirements and project management and O&M management methods and tools.
• A knowledge of Oman HSE regulations, labour law and Arabic would be a distinct advantage.


Main Challenges
• Managing HSE effectively within what is a new national, safety-critical industry for Oman where knowledge of rail, and the risks arising from its development, construction and operation are poor and not readily understood.
• Raising awareness of environmental management and waste reduction techniques where environmental awareness is comparatively low and where facilities to support sustainability (e.g. education, recycling facilities) are not always widely available.
• Attaining good HSE performance on site will be challenging where environmental factors (e.g. heat), cultural attitudes,  program demands, differences in languages and working methods and varying standards of competence can adversely impact on personal safety.
• Educated to degree level, preferably in engineering, HSE or relevant equivalent.
• Recognised post-graduate professional HSE qualification (Masters degree in Safety or Environmental Management, NEBOSH Diploma or equivalent).
• Chartered Health & Safety Practitioner status (e.g. CMIOSH or equivalent).

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