OHL, present at the XV International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention held in Santiago de Chile

December 14, 2015

OHL has participated in the XV International Conference on Occupational Risk Prevention (ORP2015), held between 23-26 November in Santiago de Chile (Chile). The forum, arranged by the International ORP (Occupational Risk Prevention) Foundation and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), has focused on an exchange of knowledge on occupational health and safety matters amongst professionals from various countries. 

This is the first time that OHL participates in the event, as part of the ORP Business Advisory Committee along with another 13 companies belonging to the energy, infrastructure and services sectors, amongst others. Furthermore, Rosa Alberdi, head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the Group, presided the conference cycle entitled Corporate Social Responsibility: an enterprise’s commitment to society, held the first day, during which she made the inaugurating speech entitled CSR management in OHL.  

During her speech, she highlighted OHL’s international outlook and commitment to human capital -the company has over 28,000 employees distributed in 31 countries all over the world-, which constitutes an “engine for growth and development, along with RDI and CSR”. She also presented the 2015-2020 CSR Plan, pursuant to Corporate Social Responsibility ISO 26000. The Plan consists of a corporate plan and another one for each of OHL Group’s home markets: Canada, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Spain and the Czech Republic. 

Rosa Alberdi also participated in the round table entitled Corporate Social Responsibility: generating shared values, together with company representatives from Colombia and Chile specializing in occupational risk management. 

In turn, Javier Tarín, head of OHL’s Prevention Service, took part in the ORP2015 forum with his speech entitled Beyond management systems. During his talk, focusing on management system performance, he indicated that the future of occupational risk prevention will require the ability to evolve towards Project Management Professional (PMP) surroundings.

As the key to OHSAS 18001 and PMP-based systems, Javier Tarín insisted on the importance of moving forward towards a process-orientated productive system, the need for all working procedures to follow the 5 W’s (What, Where, When, Why and How) and to begin interaction at the design phase. Finally, he pointed out that planning, assurance and control were the cornerstones of a PMP-based system. 

The ORP conference is an annual international event focusing on occupational risk prevention and safety. Its arrangement is coordinated by the UPC and involves universities from Canada, USA, Finland, Holland, Korea and Italy. In the 2015 edition, 108 international conference speakers have participated in over 100 plenary talks and 22 workshops.