The Saudi Safety & Security Forum: Combining an International Exhibition and a Strategic Conference

The Saudi Safety & Security Forum and Exhibition 2015 (SSS 2015) will be held from 10 to 12 May under the patronage of the Governor of the Eastern Province, HRH Prince Saud Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz and is officially endorsed by Asis Chapter 72, the global association for security professionals.

In that context, SDArabia held an interview with Mr. Ahmad Al Jawhari, director of BME GLOBAL ltd., the official organizer of the exhibition:

– What is the main aspect that makes this event successful, and what makes it distinguished amongst all the other events specialized in the same domain?
Saudi Safety & Security Forum and Exhibition annually attracts the entire industry in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, the industrial hub for the Middle East region. Launched in 2011, SSS Arabia has combined an international exhibition and strategic workshops to serve this hugely important industry for the Middle East.

– What is the added value of SSS forum and exhibition being held in Dammam – KSA, and what are your expectations concerning this year’s edition?
Over 3,000 industry experts gathered to witness this prominent event where they had the chance to witness and experience initiatives, products and technologies showcased by over 60 exhibiting organisations whilst learning from undisputed industry leaders who discussed international standards and best practices on safety and security-related topics.

– What are the points of interest that you will be focusing on during this edition of SSS, and in the future, in order to maintain the same high standard and level for your upcoming events?
This year we are excited to announce a new workshop-led format for the event where a select few critical topics, such as industrial security and critical infrastructure, will be discussed in-depth using a mix of presentations, case studies and group exercises. Utilising this new format will ultimately provide attendees with a much broader learning experience which will, in turn, benefit the industry in a much richer way.

– Is there any message you would like to address to SDA readers?
The exhibition is free of charge to enter. Please register in advance at the website. There is a charge to enter the workshops.

Many workshops will be held at the exhibition:

Workshop 1: Getting the First Step Right: Understanding the Security Risk Assessment API 780. It will introduce the API 780 Security Risk Assessment methodology to the audience. This method has been made mandatory by the High Commission for Industrial Security (HCIS) of the Ministry of Interior of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the evaluation of security risks facing the industrial facilities in the Kingdom.
Workshop 2: Falling Protection which will develop an interest in Fall Protection and eliminate the fear.

Workshop 3: State of the Art in Fire and Explosion Modelling and Fire and Gas Detection. Accidental releases of toxic and flammable substances are one of the largest contributors to the hazards of most industrial and offshore facilities. Assessing the consequences and risks of such accidental releases is essential in any Risk Assessment for both onsite and offsite effects.

Workshop 4: Introduction to Health & Safety General Risk Assessment . This workshop will introduce the risk assessment process. Risk assessment is a significant method of keeping people safe, protecting property and ensuring operations.

Workshop 5: KSA’s Industrial Growth and Emerging Security Imperatives.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest economy in the Middle East and North Africa region besides being the key oil producer in the world. Given the pre-eminent position it enjoys, the stability and growth of the KSA has a large bearing on a number of countries in the region. Moreover, this region unfortunately today is beset by multiple problems and has the potential to impact the growth of KSA’s economic growth. The move towards diversification of the industry by encouraging value addition and manufacturing under the localization programs is expected to lead to expansion of industrial activities.

Workshop 6: Defensive Driving Standards and Practices: Changing Mind-sets to Save Lives. Defensive driving training uses a “key to the mind”, before the driver puts the key into the car’s ignition. The international standards and practices of the USA’s National Safety Council offers a successful method to change an individual’s approach to driving in very significant ways. The workshop will share some of these life-saving strategies and tactics, and show how you, your company, family, relatives and friends can benefit from adopting defensive driving every time you get behind the wheel.

Workshop 7: Construction Considerations and Standards Development for Today’s Buildings
This seminar will explore many of the reasons and the intent behind today’s building construction practices. This will include some historical events that causes building codes and standards to require change to add specific regulations and reference protection standards. Included in the discussion will be some of the specific benchmarks for testing and review of construction product standards used today. Additionally, some of the errors that can impact the building safety for the owners.

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