For the third consecutive year, Qatargas' Shipping Department has been awarded the Sword and Globe of Honour awards from the world renowned British Safety Council. These awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in health, safety and environmental management, and are testament to the Qatargas' commitment to safe working practices and environmental stewardship.
The Sword of Honour recognises excellence in health and safety management, and the Globe of Honour is awarded to businesses who demonstrate excellence in environmental management. Both awards were presented to Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas Chief Executive Officer, at a ceremony held recently in London, the U.K.
Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are deeply honoured to receive both the Sword of Honour and the Globe of Honour for the third consecutive year. These prestigious awards are testament to the world class standards we maintain at Qatargas, and our commitment to operating safely, efficiently and reliably. Our dedication to safe operations and environmental protection are two of the reasons why Qatargas is the World's Premier LNG Company.
Lynda Armstrong OBE, Chair of the British Safety Council, said: "On behalf of the trustees and staff of the British Safety Council, I sincerely congratulate Qatargas' Shipping Department on winning a Sword and Globe of Honour for 2016. The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour represent the most prestigious awards for the management of health and safety and environmental risks. Leading organisations are increasingly adopting an integrated approach, placing environmental protection on an equal footing with health and safety, making their operations more sustainable. The winners of the Sword and Globe of Honour awards are beacons of excellence in their sector and they should be extremely proud of their achievement. It takes many years of hard work and commitment to reach this level of performance and we are delighted that we can celebrate their success together."
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: "Leadership is a key factor in achieving excellence. You can legislate for compliance, but you have to inspire people towards excellence. The winners of the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour Awards are exemplars of best practice and all have inspirational stories to tell about their journey towards achieving these accolades. These stories will inspire other organisations to follow their lead and move all employers towards our vision that no-one should be injured or made ill at work."
In order to compete for the Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour, Qatargas' Shipping Department was first required to achieve the maximum five stars in both the British Safety Council's occupational health and safety and environmental management audit schemes in the period August 2015 – July 2016. The company also had to demonstrate to an independent panel of experts that they have a proven track record and a culture of best practice for excellence in health, safety and environmental management.