In 1996, after completing two master degrees in Electro-mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering, Christophe worked as a civil superintendent for Mansfelder Kupfer und Messing in Germany. In 1999, he joined Jan De Nul Group as Project Quality/HSE Manager and for 14 years worked on various international dredging and offshore projects around the world. Since 2015, Christophe is QHSSE Manager, responsible for the Quality Health Safety Security Environmental vision and strategy of the entire Jan De Nul Group, including daily development and implementation of QHSSE systems and monitoring the QHSSE performance.
Articles By Christophe Leroy
It is hard to imagine a time when safety was not deemed important, when Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was not used and little was done in the way of prevention. A few decades ago, occupational health and safety was not considered as important for the vast majority of companies. Instead, incidents and emergencies were handled as they occurred, as effectively as possible given the limited technology and resources available. Today, those times have changed. This article explores the progress of health and safety in the dredging industry and QHSSE professionals, Ton van de Minkelis and Christophe Leroy share their experiences in building a proactive safety culture.
Acknowledging the risk of H2S early on allows the contractor to prepare a safe work environment that includes costs for detection systems and for training crews to be alert.
Safety awareness in the dredging industry has taken a leap forward. The efforts of the IADC are part of the new safety strategy to reduce accidents and incidents to zero.