Quality, Health and Safety, Environmental Management Systems

In a recent interview with Patrick Parnis, Director of Parnis & Associates we talk about his recent achievements. He received the Best Health and Safety Consultant, Best Health & Safety Consultancy Firm, and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award during Malta’s Real Estate & Property Development Awards 2021.

MBR: Can you give us an overview of your role leading Parnis & Associates? And can you tell us how you focus your efforts?

PP: My role at P&A is to lead the company in becoming one of the top Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality Management Systems Consultancy Service providers in Malta. P&A offers different consultancy services to companies that want to improve their Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental Management Systems. We help with the implementation and certification process of ISO9001, ISO45001, and ISO14001 International Management. Our focus is to build and keep a good relationship with our customers, take on challenges and push to be better – professionally and personally.

MBR: What have been the keys to Parnis & Associates' strength and leadership? 

PP: We commit to helping companies implement effective Quality, Health & Safety, and Environmental Management Systems. Overall, we want the companies we work with to place good management practices. Our clients are the focus of our business activities and we act fairly and properly in everything we do.

MBR: What is the target market for Parnis & Associates? Is it primarily focused on large, local corporate clients?

PP: We service all types of companies whatever the size.

MBR: You recently participated in Malta's largest Real Estate, Property Development & Architect Awards 2021, organised by Dynamic Events Ltd. Can you tell us your level of involvement? Have you managed to achieve any success; what significance do these awards bring to the surveying society? 

PP: Participating in this event was an excellent experience for P&A. We managed to take home three awards - Best Health & Safety Consulting Firm of the Year, Best Health & Safety Professional of the Year, and the Lifetime Achievement Award. I believe that these awards are important as they present upcoming players and excellence within the industry. Moreover, it is always great when someone recognises your hard work.

MBR: How important is it to build a varied workforce to match the different types of clients that Parnis & Associates' has?

PP: Our aim is to build a diverse, experienced, and flexible workforce to be able to help the different industries. The exposure and the knowledge gained working in a number of industries enable us to serve a good portfolio of clients. These range from oil & gas to manufacturing, construction, film, events and services companies.

MBR: Do you feel that there are strong opportunities for women to lead in the industry? What advice do you give young women interested in a career in the industry?

PP: I believe that it is important to do everything possible to help create a more gender-balanced world. Certainly, women have come a long way, but there is still much more we can achieve. During my career, I have worked with very skilled women and I understand the many challenges they meet. However, I have also seen their determination to gain knowledge and press for progress. Therefore, women, if empowered, can easily work in a male-oriented technical role but we’re not quite there yet. The strengths and contributions women can bring to the profession are endless.

MBR: As Parnis & Associates has grown, how important has it been for the company to maintain its entrepreneurial spirit and focus on innovation?

PP: Seven years ago, I decided to open my start-up company. I motivated and empowered myself to create my own business. Today, I run a small firm supported by a few skillful associates.

The new cloud software solution HSEQutive was developed to introduce new best practices to health and safety professionals. Leading a company is about seeing the big picture. It is being agile, shaking off the norm and seeking out new innovative approaches. It is about taking ownership and pride in your firm.

MBR: Last year during Covid-19, Parnis & Associates launched an innovative cloud-based solution HSEQutive. Can you explain the purpose of this technology?

PP: After years of working in Health & Safety, I have developed an innovative cloud-based solution.  This assists serious developers, contractors and professionals improve their work and safety management at construction sites in an efficient and reliable way.

The solution helps with the health and safety inspection processes. It eliminates report-writing time after inspections and provides a response to corrective action requests. By doing so, we ensure effective monitoring and transparent structures are in place. To sum up, the system evaluates the overall safety performance at construction sites. For more info visit our website.

MBR: What is your vision for Parnis & Associates? How are you thinking to drive repeat businesses and create a very long-term relationship with your customers?

PP: Our vision is to work hard for excellence in whatever we do. No job is too big or too small. We pride ourselves on our practical approach. This leads our customers to achieve their business objectives thanks to our focused attention, professionalism, and principles.

Article courtesy of MBR Publications Ltd which was published on the Malta Business Review Magazine.

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