Engineering News

Engineering Staff joins IIRSM-Oman Chapter Initiative

Engineering Department staff through the invitation of Raysut Cement Company attended the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM)- Oman Chapter meeting held at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industries-Salalah.

Mr. Frank Higgins - Head of HSE, Raysut Cement gave an overview of the Health and Safety standards and practices in Oman. He cited the importance of forming a committee to enhance and upgrade health, safety and environment standards in and outside the workplace. This committee could serve as platform for professionals to share experiences, best practices and to develop their own skills through personal development. The benefits of affiliation to the UK-based IIRSM were also mentioned during the session.

Participants in the meeting were also informed that initially, SCT Chemical Engineering students were given one year FREE student membership in IIRSM and later extended to all SCT students. This membership entitles the students to access online the institute’s HSE resources, participate in forums as well as gain advance knowledge in preparation for future employment.

For updates and developments undertaken to improve risk management in Oman, participants were urged to attend future meetings.

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1st PRIZE WON by SCT-CHEMICAL ENGINEERING STUDENTS

SCT-Chemical Engineering students participated in an Innovation Project Exhibition last March 3, 2019 at Salalah Youth Complex, Salalah. This exhibition was organized by a newly formed committee of innovative minds called “Fingerprint,2nd Edition” in cooperation with the National Youth Commission (NYC) and The Scientific Research Council.

On display were more than 30 projects from Dhofar University, Salalah College of Technology, College of Applied Sciences-Salalah, Caledonian College of Engineering and other schools and local entrepreneurs.

Most of the participating students found the exhibition a platform to showcase their talents and their capability to hit the job market using innovative ideas or with their own entrepreneurial projects.

The title of the project that won 1st place - “Adsorption of Zinc from Aqueous Solution using Banana Peel and Stem Powder”. This project explains the economic treatment process for the removal of zinc metal present in the effluent streams coming from various chemical industries especially electroplating and paint industries.

Corporate participants and experts from different industries assessed all the displayed projects , after which the Chemical Engineering project was announced winner.

Students Involved in the Project Competition were;

  1. ALI AHMED OBAID BAIT SAID
  2. BASEM MOHAMMED AAMER AL AAMRI
  3. MARWAN MUSALLAM SAID FADHIL
  4. SAID HAMED 'ABDULLAH AL-SAADI
  5. SALIM MUSALLAM MUSTAHIL ILSH AL KATHIRI
  6. TARIQ SALIM AHMAD HAR AL KATHIRI

Dr. Rakesh Namdeti, Lecturer in Chemical Engineering was the project supervisor.

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Training on the "Role of Fire Warden"

Engineering Health and Safety Committee members and other staff traveled to Raysut, Salalah (SFZ) as participants in a two day training program organized by Raysut Cement Company in cooperation with Fire Protection Association (FPA) .The training was titled “Role of Fire Warden”

The training team Mr. Frank Higgins and Mr. Said Kashoob enlightened the audience with the statistics of fire deaths in Oman and the causes of fire accidents. There was a thorough discussion on how fire accidents start ,the spreading nature of fire and protection from fire hazards. Finally, there was a demonstration on the usage of different fire extinguishers for different fire accidents as well as the evacuation procedures in buildings.

A slogan “Protect People, Property, Business and Environment” served as closing remarks of the program.

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Synergy of SCT Engineering Department and Raysut Cement Company on HSE

The Engineering Department invited experts from Raysut Cement Company to share their experience with the department on Health, Safety and Risk Management practices. Mr. Frank Higgins-Head of HSE and Mr. Said Ahmed Habkook Kashoob -Manager of HSE, Raysut Cement Company met with the Engineering Head of Department, Heads of Sections and Health, Safety and Risk Management Committees to discuss concerns related to health and safety in laboratories and workshops. This meeting was held to assess the safety measures implemented in Engineering and provide feedback to improve HSE standards in the department.

A lively discussion and sharing of insights concerning health and safety practices vis-a-vis the perceptions among employees within and outside the work environment took place at the HoD office.

A tour of the engineering laboratories and workshops in Electrical, Mechanical, Civil and Chemical Buildings were conducted. Actual safety operation of some equipment was demonstrated. Students were also involved during the lab tour.

Mr. Frank Higgins, pointed out the shortfalls he observed and suggested corrective measures. After the tour, the Head of Department gave instructions to immediately act on these suggestions to improve workplace safety.

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