Monday, March 17, 2008


UMS students complete workshop organised by Shell


In its effort to promote better industrial safety management, Shell Malaysia Gas and Power has held a two-day workshop for University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) students on the importance of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in the workplace. The workshop held under Shell Malaysia’s capacity building programme PRESTIGE (Practical Environmental, Safety and Industrial Guidance for Engineers), was participated by 50 final-year students from UMS Faculty of Engineering. The interactive workshop organized in collaboration with the Department of Environment (DOE) and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Kota Kinabalu covered practical Shell HSE knowledge, tools and best practice aimed to help these future engineers identify HSE risks at workplace and manage them accordingly. “Our objective is to share the importance of health and safety in the workplace with these future engineers using Shell’s HSE tools and best practice to enable them not only to see its importance in the workplace but make it part and parcel of their work culture,” said Shell MDS Malaysia Manufacturing General Manager Mark Pattenden. “At Shell, health, safety and environmental issues are managed as critical part of our business activity. We are committed to pursue the goal of zero harm to people, to protect our environment and to manage HSE matters so that we achieve continuous performance improvement. This is our commitment as a responsible company to our staff, contractors and the communities we operate in,” he added when speaking at the workshop closing dinner here last night. During the workshop, participants were given lectures by speakers from DOE, DOSH, UMS and Shell. Towards the end of the workshop, the group were divided into small groups and given a case study that required them to apply the HSE knowledge, tools and best practice that they were taught over the weekend to various real life scenarios. Three teams who provided the best solution to the problem given to them received the PRESTIGE Award and prizes from Shell, including a study trip to the world’s first commercial Gas-To-Liquid (GTL) plant in Bintulu, Sarawak. UMS Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr Kamaruzzaman Ampon who witnessed the presentation of prizes, said the programme allowed the students not only to enhance their awareness on HSE issues but also their understanding on Shell’s business operations and its commitment to sustainable development. “It also presented the scholars with an overview of the job opportunities available in the company and within the energy industry,” he added. According to Kamaruzzaman, UMS is on the final stage of providing industrial training to its students that directly attaches them with the industry. Shell is the first company to offer its professional staff to give lecture to UMS students under the industrial attachment programme, he said.