Asia Pacific Health, Safety & Environment Conference 2008

I was invited to speak on “FM in relation to HSE” at the Asia Pacific HSE Conference 2008, 16-18 October 2008, at Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur.

Majority of the participants were from the Oil & Gas industries, from Asia. Only one participant from Singapore plus myself as the Speaker. Majority were from the Middle-East, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, etc. You may wonder, hey Steven, you were not from Oil & Gas industries then why are you there? Yes, when I was invited, I told the Conference Producer but he mentioned that he BELIEVE that Facility Management Concept is beneficial to that industries.

Imagine, as I was sitting through those speakers before me, I hear & see “stars”. other than the overview of petroleum, oil & gas process, I can hardly appreciate the detail of the process and the terms used in HSE.  Standards such as IOC, NOC, 29 CFR 1910, 119, CSB, EPA 40 CFR 68, OSHA 1910 119, etc. were some of the terms and language that these professionals use. Well, I get to learn & appreciate better. These industries have alot of good practices, due to the critical facilities, focus on corporate social  responsiblities and the need to focus on HSE & fire safety.

If you want a copy of my paper on “Facility Management in Relation to HSE”, do drop me a line and I will send you a copy. True enough as what the Conference Producer had said about his believe in facility management concept (he did a research on FM), my presentation had challenged the participants to review their challenges that they faced back at work and the added value if facility management concept can be adopted and HSE can form partnership with FM. I did a quick survey, through the raise of hands, majority HSE function and FM function are two different departments.

Below is a dynamic speaker on “An integral Approach to Safety: A New Tool and A New Perspective”. I’m surprised that he is not a HSE practitioner. He is a coach and facilitator, with a well known consultancy firm that work on change management (www.jmj.com). The company has helped many companies and among which Chevron case study was used to demonstrate how through coaching & facilitation can help to reduce injuries and incidents / accident rate. 

 Conference held at KL – JW Marriott Hotel

I’m impressed. What I learnt was that as FM practitioners, being “Specialst Generalist”, can adopt such methodologies to apply FM concept and processes to add value to our organisation.

Fellow FM practitioners, let’s do our part to promote the awareness of Facility Management and I believe with the visibility we can be viewed as professionals in line with the engineers, architects, etc.

Steven@stevenee.com

“Making a Difference in Facility Management”

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