Azerbaijan’s inaugural International Safety Leadership Conference, held in the capital city of Baku in December 2012, represents a step toward improved occupational safety for a country experiencing rapid growth in the oil and gas industry.
During the conference, Azerbaijan’s Member of Parliament Rauf Aliyev and Karim Agayev, state supervision of construction, ministry of emergency situations team leader, invoked a popular quote from Azerbaijan’s former president, Heydar Aliyev: “It is much easier to prevent an incident than to deal with its outcome after it happens.”
Significant projects in the Baku, Azerbaijan, region include the development of the Turkmenistan Nabucco gas pipeline being built to transport gas to Central and Western Europe; the Sangachal Terminal, one of the largest oil and gas facilities in the world; and the Baku-Tibilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Such projects point to a growing need for sophisticated occupational safety and health systems and leadership.
The conference was sponsored and organized by the Baku-based Rovshan Oguz Group. The group’s founder and president, Hafiz Mustafayev, opened the event by outlining the conference’s purpose: “To organize in an atmosphere of trust and confidence, provide a safe work environment, provide an open and honest relationship, to ensure the full involvement of employees of various trades, and to provide knowledge, skills and opportunities to improve the quality of work and beneficial relations with suppliers are roles of leadership in our company.”
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