Several years ago I met an OHS professional from Singapore, Daniel LO. Daniel relocated to Australia and has continued his OHS career. Last month Daniel conducted a Certificate IV OHS course for the Sinopec Corporation. As China becomes even more important to the world economy, pressure is increasing to show an acceptable commitment ot workplace safety. We, in the West, have seen this most in China’s coal mining industry and some of its manufacturers, particularly for some global brands.
In talking with Daniel last week, he offered a short article on the training course he instigated and conducted. Daniel is an asset to Australia and will be one OHS professional to watch. Here is his contribution:
An OHS Professional Report on Safety Developments in China
Since China’s entry into the World Trade Organisation in December 2001, there has been much pressure from the international community for China to raise its Occupational Health and Safety standards. The introduction of the Safe Production Law in 2002 and more recently the adoption of the Law on the Prevention and Control of Occupational Diseases in 2008 is the response of a determined government, to ensure that its regulatory framework catches up with the nation’s unprecedented economic growth.
Heeding this call to protect workers’ safety and health by investing in OHS training is state owned enterprise – China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation – one of the largest state-owned major petroleum companies in China, The company has made it to the top ten ranking by Fortune Global 500, is also known as Sinopec Corp, and is listed in the Shanghai, New York and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.
In July 2009, as an OHS professional with bilingual ability, Daniel Lo personally negotiated, prepared and delivered the first ever CertIV in OHS in Sinopec (Beijing). This flagship competency-based training and assessment is also part of Sinopec’s policy of “Safety First, Prevention Foremost, All Involvement and Comprehensive Control," to achieve a better Health Safety and Environment (HSE) performance. Participants for this training are project managers, safety managers and supervisors from various oil fields in Saudi, Sudan, Ecuador, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, and China. The key success of this program has been the training and sharing of occupational safety and health management system in context of China’s language, culture and history.
Daniel LO is presently engaged as a senior OHS consultant by IFAP. He has an MBA, BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Specialist Diploma in OHS, CertIV in OHS, Diploma in Information Technology, Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment. He is also a Certified lead auditor for OHSAS18001.