November 18, 2016

HSE Corner: Health and Safety

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Procedures & Manuals

In the UAE both Federal and Local Laws require employers to give instructions to employees in regards to health and Safety. Employers are legally responsible for providing appropriate health and safety information to employees and employees also need to know what their responsibilities are.

It is therefore essential that the information needs to be given in a form that is relevant and easy to absorb. This can be done by various methods, however the drafting and communication of clear and concise procedures is widely accepted as beneficial in:

  • Supporting employers in promoting their health and safety policies and adhering to legislation
  • Acting as a basis for on-going training
  • Promoting interest and awareness in health and safety issues in the workplace
  • Encouraging understanding and the adoption of good working practices.

It is recommended that businesses that do not employ a full time competent health and safety person use the services of a DMCC approved health and safety consultant that has extensive experience in the development of manuals and procedures, in a wide range of industry sectors. They can produce the following company specific documentation in consultation with the employer.

 

Employee Safety Manual

These can be designed as a handbook produced for employees to receive and retain as part of the induction process, alternatively they can be in-depth task specific safety instructions. All employees must be given a health and safety induction under UAE Law.

 

Fire Procedures & Responsibilities

Fire can have a devastating effect on a company’s operational ability, the drafting and implementation of suitable procedures can not only reduce the potential but also limit any losses in the event of a fire occurring.

 

Accident Reporting 

There is a legal requirement for the reporting and recording of accidents in the workplace. It is also good practice to investigate the root cause of accident or incidents in the work place to prevent recurrence and reduce losses. A well-defined and communicated accident reporting procedure is an essential part of the health and safety management system.

 

Emergency Planning

This should include but not limited to, planning for fire, medical emergencies and security threats. Should the worst happen, would your business survive?

The drafting and implementation of an effective disaster recovery plan could be the difference between business continuation and closure.

 

Notices and Posters

Health and safety notices and posters are a good way of sharing information in the office, simple notifications like do’s and don’ts work effectively.

 

This article is written by Paul Sumner, DMCC Senior HSE Manager; Email: HSE@dmcc.ae.

Topics: Health, Safety & Environment (HSE)

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