IQ were pleased to be welcomed along to the 13th international forum Civil Explosives Technology seminar, organised by Saudi Chemical in Istanbul during April 2015.
Saudi Chemical company was founded in 1972 as a manufacturer of civil explosives, offering a wide range of civil explosives, detonators and accessories, along with the technology, manufacturing and demilitarization of military explosives.
The company has made a significant contribution to the economic development of Saudi Arabia in the field of oil and gas exploration in addition to the cement industry, railroad and road projects in the region. The company is also recognised for its contribution to the construction of thousands of kilometres of pipelines needed to transfer desalinated water, crude oil and gas.
The event provided an extensive insight into both training and safe practice by well-regarded experts in the field, including covering topics such as the Ammonium Nitrate industry, safe use of detonating cord, fragmentation control and controlling shock waves and vibrations during large and extensive blasting, a topic which was specifically related to operations undertaken in Stockholm. Anthony Elgey of MP-Futures was also in attendance to deliver a one-hour session on ‘Risk Management – training to reduce equipment damage’.
Speaking on ‘Why Competent Management Leads to Reduced Company Operating Costs’, Julian Smallshaw, Head of Educational Development at the Institute of Quarrying gave a further insight into the culture of the Institute. From its formation in 1917 and on going commitment to improving Health and Safety, whilst increasing productivity and tirelessly striving to improve standards, alongside upskilling the workforce through delivering excellence in its own education and training programmes.
From beginning his career as an operational Quarry Manager, Julian has been a longstanding 20 year member of IQ, seven years of which have been spent working for the Institute of Quarrying, with five years of this heading up the world class educational programmes the Institute has on offer.
Providing an insight into the benefits that come through training the workforce, along with the value upskilling staff can contribute to the organisation. It was underlined how the paybacks are brought about through the increased retention, morale and safety that go hand in hand with increased productivity and lower occurrences of Lost Time Incidents (LTI’s), whilst at the same time also giving staff a greater sense of self worth are proven elements in adding genuine value to the bottom line of a business.
The distance or blended learning approach, so often made use of by the IQ, was highlighted as one of the key benefits in undertaking educational offerings from the Institute. This style of learning provides a flexible, on the job approach, maximising the benefits to both employers and the individuals undertaking the courses. It has been shown to rank highly in both the outcomes of the courses themselves and satisfaction with the students.
To find out more about Saudi Chemical please visit www.saudichemical.com or for further information on the IQ and its educational offerings you can visit www.quarrying.org/education or contact Julian Smallshaw on 07870 737 645 or Julian.Smallshaw@quarrying.org.