5 JUNE 2018: Riyadh native Khalid Alfarhan joined WorleyParsons’ Project Management Office (PMO) advisory role on Line 3 in January 2016, and has been impressed by the impact the Riyadh Metro Project has had on attitudes towards Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) standards in Saudi Arabia.
“We had a lot to do to raise HSE standards in construction in the Kingdom, but the Riyadh Metro Project has been a catalyst for change in this respect,” he explains.
Khalid’s initial exposure to rigorous site safety processes was in Australia, where he spent six years studying for a Bachelor of Construction degree.
“In Australia I’d go to sites and see how seriously HSE standards were taken. It feels good to replicate that approach here in Saudi Arabia, and on a mega project as big as the Riyadh Metro there is a huge amount of scope to do so.”
As a Safety and Occupational Health (OPM) Advisor, Khalid’s role is varied and vital: monitoring and implementing HSE standards in all forms of construction, and working closely with site managers and engineers to align Health and Safety cultures, processes and practices. If a typical day were to exist, Khalid would conduct formal health and safety inspections, monitor the collection and collation of data, and perform health and safety audits, though, he insists in reality there is no such thing as a typical day.Subscribe to continue reading...