Gary James - Group QHSE Manager

What is QHSE?
QHSE is an acronym of Quality, Health, Safety, and Environment.
Quality assurance (QA) is a way of preventing mistakes and defects in manufactured products and avoiding problems when delivering products or services to customers. Quality is a process by which entities review the quality of all factors involved in production. Inspection is a major component of quality control, where physical product is examined visually (or the end results of a service are analyzed). Health at its heart, should have the development of safe, high quality, and environmentally friendly processes, working practices and systemic activities that prevent or reduce the risk of harm to people in general, operators, or patients. Safety involves creating organized efforts and procedures for identifying workplace hazards and reducing accidents and exposure to harmful situations and substances. It also includes training of personnel in accident prevention, accident response, emergency preparedness, and use of protective clothing and equipment. Environmental involves creating a systematic approach to complying with environmental regulations, such as managing waste or air emissions all the way to helping sites reduce the company’s carbon footprint.

Why is QHSE important?
Continuous improvements in the quality of products and services while protecting the employees and the environment are necessary for business success not only to meet regulatory requirements but also for improved productivity and profitability. QHSE enables businesses to operate within the standards, policy, strategy, and legal framework to create a safe working environment.

What are the QHSE team’s main goals?
The goal of the QHSE Management System is to ensure that the organization complies with the relevant legislation and regulations in the field of occupational health and safety and the environment. Additionally, demands and wishes concerning quality, occupational health and safety, and environment must be managed for the stakeholders. Think of society, the employees, and customers. The role of the QHSE department is to support the senior management, operational department, employees, and co-workers in the scope of:

  • implementation of the highest HSE standards within the workplace,
  • continuous building of our safety culture in compliance with the QMS system,
  • taking actions to protect the environment,
  • supervision over compliance with the QMS system and customer requirements,
  • ensuring that the highest quality services are provided.

What is the role of the QHSE department within the structure of Solarpro Holding?
The QHSE department has the role of initiator, stimulator, controller, and coordinator concerning the QHSE subjects and developments within the company. This makes the department responsible for bringing quality, occupational health and safety, and environment to the attention and creating support for these. In doing so, the QHSE department functions as a bridge between employees and management.

Gary James takes on a new role as Group QHSE Manager and shares more about the department’s scope of work

In what way will the work of the QHSE department change now that it has wider scope, what does that mean for future projects?
The department performs reporting, risk assessments and auditing and observes all QHSE related activities and policies within a location. It ensures operations are conducted in a safe and efficient manner and in conformance to federal, provincial and company safety regulations by integrating and implementing company and third-party QHSE policies and procedures. Performs post-incident investigations and others until all action items have been closed. The QHSE Department now covers all divisions of Solarpro Holding – Construction, SPHE, Poland, North Macedonia, third parties, etc.

In what stage of a project does the QHSE department get involved and when is your work considered done?
The New QHSE department shall now be involved from birth to grave of projects including tendering, implementation, construction and closing of sites. Each project will depending on needs will have its own QSHE involvement level. The QHSE department occupies a key position within the company. It is the guarantor of the conformity of the processes and the installations, regarding the requirements and the rules of quality, health, safety, and environment.

What are the greatest challenges that the QHSE department deals with?
The existing personnel mindset and understanding of what quality is, what it does and how it needs to be supported by everyone.

What are the key qualities for someone who’s aspiring to be a part of the QHSE team?
There are currently several positions open for inspectors. The key requirements for anyone wanting to apply are:

  • Technical ability
  • Experience
  • Computer skills
  • English
  • Professionally mindset
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Organized
  • Integrity

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