The German-Maltese Business Council within the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry organised an event titled ‘How to Instigate a Cultural Change in Occupational Health and Safety: a German Perspective’.
Mr Armin Eckermann, Chairman of GMBC, moderated the event which delved into the relevance of a culture of prevention within the local context. Following an opening speech by Mr Olaf Rieck, Head of Economic Affairs within the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr Mark Gauci, Chief Executive Officer at the Occupational Health & Safety Authority, delivered a presentation in this regard.
This was followed by a keynote presentation delivered by Dr Ulrike Bollmann, Head of the International Cooperation at the Institute for Work and Health within the German Social Accident Insurance. Dr Bollmann spoke about various models of organisational culture, as well as different aspects within culture of prevention, such as leadership, communication and participation that should all be incorporated within companies’ strategies when implementing health and safety policies and procedures.
Furthermore, the seminar featured a panel discussion which tackled verious aspects such as the fast integration of new and foreign recruits with different cultures within a company; the importance of preventive measures and preventive checks to protect against eventual claims; the importance of having competent, certified health and safety supervisors overseeing projects; and the role of trade unions.
The panel was composed of Ing. Ruben Cuschieri, General Manager at Seifert Systems Ltd; Dr Andrew Sciberras, Owner and Audiologist at Loud & Clear Professional Audiology Services; Mr Victor Carachi, President of the General Workers’ Union; Dr Mark Gauci and Dr Ulrike Bollmann. The event closed with a networking reception following a Q&A session.
The German-Maltese Business Council works at enhancing and fostering business ties between the two countries and at times, addressing issues which are prevalent in both countries as a way to assist companies perform better in their business activities. The event was kindly sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Farsons and Attard & Co.