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Managing health and safety for giga projects in Saudi Arabia

Sutharson Sathaiah, director for Health, Safety & Environment at Six Flags Qiddiya. (Image source: Six Flags Qiddiya)


Sutharson Sathaiah, director for Health, Safety & Environment at Six Flags Qiddiya, tells Health, Safety and Environment Review about trends in creating a safer work environment

In the dynamic landscape of giga projects in Saudi Arabia, our commitment to a secure work environment is evident through a robust safety culture. This involves implementing a comprehensive risk management programme, fostering open communication, and ensuring 360-degree consultation.

Key success factors include partnering with renowned contractors, assembling a highly skilled workforce, and leveraging digital platforms for swift document access. We surpass local regulations by excelling in international best practices, setting a safety benchmark. Our decisions are data-driven, contributing to effective outcomes.

Prioritising mental well-being, we implement compliance programmes, alongside offering welfare facilities that enhance the overall comfort and health of our workforce. In essence, our approach combines international standards, innovative practices, and a proactive stance, ensuring unparalleled safety performance on giga projects in Saudi Arabia.

Lessons learnt

In reflecting on our team's past projects, our health and safety approach is shaped by successful strategies that prioritise comprehensive safety measures. A fundamental aspect is the 'Safety by Design' approach, involving rigorous design reviews according to international standards before project initiation.

Additionally, our guest-centric strategy places a strong emphasis on safety and quality, aiming to create memorable experiences for guests. The optimisation of resources, particularly the utilisation of local talent, is a cornerstone for enhancing safety measures. Our commitment extends to embedding health and safety processes into day-to-day operations, clearly defining responsibilities for the workforce.

Training initiatives, encompassing on-the-job and refresher training, are pivotal, evaluated through diverse methods to ensure effectiveness. Establishing a robust consultation and feedback system, coupled with positioning the health and safety department as a catalyst for a positive workplace culture, further enhances our safety approach.

Embracing technology, including software applications and AI, is integral, with a focus on predictive analytics to reduce incidents and operational costs. These proven strategies form the foundation for our future projects, ensuring a proactive and effective health and safety approach.

Sutharson Sathaiah spoke at the MENA HSE Forum, which took place in November in Dubai. For a report of the event, see the latest issue of MENA HSE Review here: