GCC outfits shine at British Safety Council awards

DEWA and Qatargas win Sword and Globe of Honour awards

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Picture for illustrative purposes only.

Middle Eastern companies leading the way to transform the safety and wellbeing of workers have been recognised with an award from the British Safety Council.

The British Safety Council has announced the winners of this year’s Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards for excellent health, safety and environmental management.

Fifty organisations across the world and different sectors have been awarded Swords of Honour and five have been awarded Globes of Honour.

The seven award winners from the Middle East are united in their belief that every worker deserves to be treated with respect and for their safety and health to be given the highest priority.

Middle East winners of the British Safety Council Sword of Honour were: Drydocks World, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Emirates Technical Associates (ETA), L&T Modular Fabrication Yard LLC, Marafiq (Power & Water Utility Co), Qatargas Operating Company Limited, Commercial & Shipping Group and Sohar International Urea and Chemical Industries.

Globe of Honour winners were: DEWA and Qatargas Operating Company Limited, Commercial & Shipping Group.

For Alex Botha, chief executive of the British Safety Council, these companies represent the start of a long journey. “The Middle East needs to do more to improve the health and wellbeing of its workers. Too many injuries and illnesses go unreported and more can be done to manage and reduce the risks that workers are exposed to. However, these seven award winners – and in particular Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and Qatargas who both won Sword and Globe of Honour awards – demonstrate that anything is possible. By taking responsibility to manage the risks they create, businesses thrive and benefit from more productive workers.”

The winners had achieved the maximum five stars in the British Safety Council’s audit scheme in the period August 2013 – July 2014. They also demonstrated to an independent panel of experts that they are excellent at managing their health and safety and/or environmental risks throughout the organisation – from the shopfloor to the boardroom. 

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