Description of Tasks
The Environment Affairs Office of the then Ministry of Industries was established in 1996 with direct accountability to the Minister by virtue of the Executive Bylaw of Note 82 of the Third Five-Year Economic Development Plan with the objective of helping the Ministry achieve its appropriate environmental position in parallel to industrial and mineral development of the country. As the focal point of the environment-related activities of the Ministry, the Office was then assigned the task of following up on relevant affairs, and determined the basic structure of the Ministry’s performance with regard to environment and sustainable development by setting out environmental activities related to industries covered by the Ministry of Industries.
Among the most important initiatives related to this Office were the establishment of an expert suboffice in the provincial departments of industries and mines, as well as in affiliated organizations and companies, harmonizing the process of drawing up environmental rules and regulations in proportion to the country’s potential, demands of the Department of the Environment, and also the existing potential in the industrial and mining units, and preparing necessary ground for environmental training and information dissemination.
In the wake of the merger of the Ministry of Industries and Mines and the Ministry of Commerce and the subsequent emergence of a new structure, this Office was renamed Health, Safety, Environment and Energy (HSEE) in 2013 and expanded its activities in the four domains of health, safety, environment and energy.
This Office has started its activity within the framework of policy instructed by the Minister for developing a comprehensive and integrated HSEE system at the Ministry, as well as affiliated and provincial organizations by laying the foundation for specialized activities in the four sectors of health, safety, environment and energy, and is making efforts to steer the entire system towards enhanced productivity, continued improvement and sustainable development.
Description of Tasks Assigned to HSEE Office
1. Revising and updating the structure and organization charter of HSEE Office at the Ministry in line with the policy and strategic plans of the Ministry;
2. Following up on and supervising the development of a proper HSEE structure and its performance in line with the plans approved at affiliated and provincial organizations for ensuring the proper enforcement of requirements relevant to safeguarding and protecting health, safety and environment as well as promoting optimal use of energy sources in industrial, mining and trade units;
3. Formulating and preparing a comprehensive HSEE plan to create a systematic structure for management-related and operational activities; accelerating interactions, convergence and synergy in specialized activities; and preventing interference between the Ministry’s HSEE Office and the affiliated and provincial organizations with regard to the affairs related to the industrial health, industrial and processing safety, firefighting, environment and energy sectors;
4. Dissemination of information about laws, resolutions, protocols, approved policies and plans related to the protection of health, safety and environment and efficient use of energy in the industrial, mining and trade sectors in the affiliated and provincial organizations for updated presentation to investors, contractors as well as industrial and mining managers;
5. Cooperation with Ministries and relevant legal and supervisory organizations to draw up instructions and executive bylaws related to the laws approved for professional health, safety, environment and energy in the industrial and mining sectors;
6. Creating and steering a system for evaluating and auditing the performance of big industrial and mining units (at national level and for short-term, mid-term and long-term periods) in the health, safety, environment and energy sectors;
7. Identification and introduction of exemplary industrial, mining and trade units based on continuous improvement (CI) index at the HSEE auditing system;
8. Revising and taking amendment measures based on the feedback received on the basis of HSEE performance indices in periodical (quarterly) reports from affiliated organizations and companies;
9. Identifying industries that do not conform to environment-friendly standards with priority given to megacities, and follow-up, correction and adaptation of these industries to acceptable standards;
10. Participation in meetings held for coordination among various sectors and formulation of five-year development plans and drafting bills for health, safety, environment and energy sectors;
11. Cooperation with relevant organs and organizations to overcome large-scale health, safety, environment and energy problems in the industry and mining sectors within the framework of relevant rules and regulations;
12. Identification and presentation of comprehensive (engineering - executive) solutions within the framework of official proposals to overcome health, safety, environment and energy problems and obstacles facing relevant departments of industrial and mining units;
13. Conducting studies and planning about methods to be used for the transfer of international experiences, and introduction of new methods and tools for improving the performance of industrial health, industrial and process-related safety, firefighting, as well as environment and energy sectors and offering study results to relevant and provincial organizations and industrial and mining units;
14. Taking advantage of the experiences of national and international universities, institutes and research centers active in the fields of industrial health, industrial and process-related safety, firefighting, environment and energy in relevant sectors of industry, mine and trade;
15. Conducting research projects in order to identify the large-scale problems facing industry, trade and mine sector in such areas as industrial health, industrial and process-related safety, firefighting, environment and energy sectors, and making plans for resolving these problems based on the research findings;
16. Training as well as upgrading the level of knowledge and understanding of experts and executive managers about HSEE in cooperation with the Office of Deputy Minister for Research and Education;
17. Endorsing the qualifications of scientific centers, evaluation companies, consulting companies, contractor companies and centers supplying equipment for professional health, safety, firefighting, environment and energy sectors, and preparing annual informative reports on the technical specifications and offering them to affiliated and provincial organizations for submission to the industrial, mining and trade units across the country;
18. Promulgating macro policies, promoting education, and holding scientific and practical seminars on industrial health, industrial and process-related safety, firefighting, environment and energy in order to encourage industrial and mining managers and experts for further and more effective cooperation in a bid to resolve problems related to the fields of environment, health and safety;
19. Working out promotional and punishment mechanisms to accelerate the enforcement of laws and regulations related to industrial health, safety, environment and energy in industrial and mining units;
20. Promulgating macro policies, strategic documents and documents for the management of energy consumption systems in the industrial and mining sectors in order to encourage the managers and specialists in the fields of industries and mining to show more effective cooperation in tackling HSEE challenges;
21. Streamlining technology used in different industrial and mining processes with focus on economic analysis, energy efficiency and energy consumption management in thermo-chemical and construction facilities;
22. Following up on the auditing of energy indices with priority given to large and energy-intensive industries and mines;
23. Examining the technical and functional specifications of energy sources used in the country’s industries and mines from an environmental standpoint and predicting mechanisms for removing pollution created by the use of the aforesaid energies (through field study);
24. Conducting research projects in order to explore large-scale problems related to energy saving with focus on air pollution control, waste disposal modeling, wastewater treatment, and energy;
25. Creating and steering a potential assessment system to conduct new energy efficiency projects by benefiting from CDM facilities;
26. Contributing to the development of technology, as well as generation and application of renewable energies in the industry and mining sectors in order to improve environmental conditions, saving fossil energies and improving health conditions;
27. Formulating and revising the structure of HSEE specifications for industrial, mining and trade units, and supervising the continuous improvement of relevant indices used for ranking and identification of organization units;
28. Formulating and revising the roadmap for improving the situation of HSEE in the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade.