Salah Al Juaidan

Abdullah Hassan Al-Qahtani

Chief Engineer, EHSS/PRM

Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

  • Day 2
  • 1115 - 1215
  • Technical Session 3
  • Abdullah is Chief Engineer, Process Risk Management (PRM) at SABIC Global EHSS Function. He holds Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering graduated in King Saud University, Riyadh 1994 and has more than 28 years of working experience in petrochemical industry.
  • He joined Al-Jubail Petrochemical Company Kemya (SABIC/ExxonMobil Joint Venture) on the 4th July, 1994 and spent 18 years in various roles including process engineering, process control, operation management, process & process safety engineering management and project.
  • Abdullah was transferred to SABIC Corporate Manufacturing in 2013 where he led the Performance Review & Operation Improvement function, MFG 2025 Strategy execution and is currently working in the Process Risk Management function.
  • He is assigned to lead key roles within the PRM function among which leading the SABIC Process Safety Competency Development Strategic Initiative and Chair the SABIC Global Process Safety Network.
  • Abdullah also has many contribution to the regional process safety community and participation in the versions process safety conferences and forums. He is assigned as Chairman of the GPCA RC Process Safety Taskforce since 2019. He was recently appointed to Chair the newly announced/launched Gulf Process Safety Network under the umbrella of GPCA Responsible Care.

Topic: HSE Competency

Competent workforce is a key pillar for safe and success businesses. It is more essential for industries dealing with hazardous materials and performs high risk activities. Unfortunately, competent workforce are not readily available nor easily or inexpensively developed. This imposes great challenge on organizations to have effective and sustainable Knowledge and Competency (K&C) programs. Identifying right K&C needs and establishing effective programs to achieve the desired K&C goals requires unwavering commitment from the organizations leadership. Moreover, to ensure sustainable K&C programs, it should be deliberate and not only a reaction to a given event or situation. Developing K&C in the field of EHSS and especially in process safety field is vital to industries as it is the only way to protect workers, environment, community and assets from catastrophic event and undesired consequences. This abstract will share SABIC’s experience in adopting holistic approach for developing and implementing EHSS K&C and highlight good practices, key challenges and lessons learned.