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Transguard Group wins Dubai Airports safety award

Security firm wins plaudits for its track record in safety policies

(L-R) Saravanan S, assistant manager IMS; Syed Irfan head of IMS; John Nolan, deputy managing director; Nigel Hall, executive director, Transguard.
(L-R) Saravanan S, assistant manager IMS; Syed Irfan head of IMS; John Nolan, deputy managing director; Nigel Hall, executive director, Transguard.

The Transguard Group, an Emirates Group company, has won the ‘Overall Excellence in Safety – Contractor Award’ at the Dubai Airports Health Safety Environment Excellence Awards.

The award which was open to contractors of Dubai Airports and its stakeholders, examined companies which had excelled in all aspects of HSE management, particularly those which had implemented and developed a sustainable safety culture.

John Nolan, deputy managing director said:  "The executive management team at Transguard has always been firmly committed to health and safety, putting it top of seven corporate values and embedding it in the group-wide business strategy.

“With that strategy in place Transguard was determined to improve still further its safety record at Dubai International Airport. This award is a fitting tribute to the success of that strategy and all of the hard work that was put in selflessly by so many people,” he added.

In January 2011 Transguard formed a new health and safety team to raise awareness and oversee the HSE strategy.

Important parts of the strategy included the formation of a Health & Safety Committee; a mandate for the top 80 managers within the group to gain IOSH 'Managing Safely' certification and for the entire management team to be given measurable H&S personal objectives. In addition, some 80 volunteers were identified and trained to influence their colleagues to improve safety in the workplace.

The number of Transguard man-hours worked at Dubai International Airport increased from 9.5 million in 2011, to 11.1 million in 2012, however the number of lost time injuries actually fell from 32 to 28, eliminating serious injuries completely.

Syed Irfan, head of IMS at Transguard said: "Within a span of less than two years Transguard has redefined its safety culture by implementing industry best practice and regularly creating safety awareness amongst its staff. The results speak for themselves."

This award follows Transguard receiving, in September 2012, a celebratory plaque from Dubai Airports for its contribution to safety at the airport.

 

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