The Safety Factor: ‘They Go Home Safely Every Day After Work. That’s My Mission’
Mohammad Hussein’s journey as an environment, health and safety (EHS) specialist with GE Gas Power began with a tragedy 20 years ago. He’d recently moved from Jordan to Dubai, when he heard a former colleague and close friend had died in a workplace accident back home.
“That was the most terrible news, to lose a close friend, and also to imagine that it just as easily could have happen to me, given the lack of safety precautions at that time that might have prevented this from happening.”
“It turned my thinking toward what we could do to improve EHS, the work environment and overall EHS compliance,” said Mohammad, who is EHS Leader, Projects and Services, for GE Gas Power in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
Coming from an engineering background, he didn’t have much experience in EHS, but he began to read and study the sector, which he found fascinating and rewarding – most importantly “because this is a field where you can really have an impact.”
“You impact people’s lives very directly,” he said, adding that this aligns with GE Power’s mission to positively impact lives by providing the energy people and communities need to drive growth and raise living standards.
About his priorities today, Mohammad says, “I’m putting all my effort into improving the work environment, ensuring our employees, workers, contractors, partners and everyone working with us really enjoy a safe workplace with safe processes and procedures so they go home safely every day after work. That is my mission.”
He is responsible for the health and safety of more than 15,000 people at worksites across nearly 20 countries in the diverse Middle East, North Africa and South Asia region.
That diversity means “the region is rich culturally in terms of religions, languages and cultures, but these differences create challenges.”
However, no matter anyone’s background, language or education level, GE Gas Power’s EHS approach, Mohammad says, is to foster full transparency in both directions regarding the work environment. Through his work, Mohammad wants all workers on GE job sites, whoever they work for, to not hesitate to raise any EHS issues.
To ensure buy-in from workers, he always explains that all the EHS procedures and steps in place at a job site are “not for me as GE, but because we’re striving for your safety, for your benefit.”
A powerful recent example of this successful approach was in Iraq, where GE Gas Power reported six million injury-free person hours at three power plants where GE was installing new power generating equipment.
When all is said and done, Mohammad says, “everyone has a right to go home safely at the end of the day.”
Read more stories about how GE Gas Power is positively impacting lives across the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and Pakistan region.