The Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment (QHSE) Division works diligently to ensure that the Company, and all its clients and subcontractors, maintain the highest safety standards for operations conducted in or by the Company.
Having its ISO certifications always up-to-date, an external evaluator completed their audit of GWC’s management systems, with zero major non-conformities reported for its five major systems governing quality, food safety, occupational health and safety, environment, and information security. The Division performed the target number of audits for each of the sites, including 87 HSE tenant audits at the GWC Bu Sulba Warehousing Park and 42 HSE audits of Logistics Village Qatar (LVQ) tenants.
The sites certified for QHSE were also extended to include the Messaieed facility, in addition to the implementation of the Food Safety System at the 15K Warehouse in LVQ and the Information Safety Management System at all GWC sites. The Division’s quality team is getting the FIDI-FAIM 3.1 certification for GWC Relocations.
The Division also continued the roll-out for its Business Continuity Management Systems and Enterprise Risk Management Systems. The Enterprise Management System (EMS) has been implemented for all departments in GWC, while the comprehensive Business Continuity Plan (BCP) has been implemented in all departments and sites, with two BCP drills conducted successfully earlier in the year.
To assess fire safety at the GWC sites, the QHSE Division performed 56 fire drills in the GWC Bu Sulba Warehousing Park, 39 drills in LVQ, and 17 drills in GWC-managed facilities. To avoid the occurrence of potential problems, the Division also conducted 237 HSE inspections through the year, generating 319 observations recorded in safety observation reports. To ensure contractor compliance with GWC HSE regulations, the Division conducted a total of 2,200 man-hours of safety induction before issuing 392 permit awards to contractors working at GWC sites.
Internally, the Division conducted 3,551 man-hours of safety training, exceeding its target of 3,000 for the year. As part of its ongoing recycling initiative, the Division also recycled nearly 40,000 cardboard boxes and 24,000 kilograms of plastics, all regulated by an outsourced contractor.