DCCA awards contractors with best HSE practices
Al Rostamani Pegel, Seidco General Contracting LLC, HLG Contracting, and Khansaheb Civil Engineering LLC were recognised by Dubai Creative Clusters Authority for adopting best HSE practices in construction sites
Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA) handed out five awards today recognising best practices in health, safety, and environment (HSE) among contractors working in any of the nine clusters under its umbrella.
Al Rostamani Pegel received the award for best practices in management systems, while Seidco General Contracting LLC won best practices in equipment safety. HLG Contracting and Khansaheb Civil Engineering LLC, meanwhile, won best practices in people safety and best practices in work environment safety, respectively.
The fifth award went to Mehran Shehzad of Modern Building Contracting Company, who was given the recognition of best HSE officer.
Giving the welcome remarks for the DCCA Annual World Health & Safety Day Awards was Mohamed Al Bahri, DCCA chief officer for zoning and commercial affairs, who stressed the authority’s commitment to achieving safe and healthy work environments.
He said: “I believe that safety and health at work means an accident-free workplace. But how do we achieve that? We have to be motivated, committed, and controlled – these are the three main things I believe we need.”
Noting that there is much to be done to ensure a safer work environment for workers in the construction arena, Al Bahri said that the goal of an accident-free site can be achieved if the government, employers, and workers work together, and if all stakeholders displayed initiative to improve workplace conditions.
Also addressing the attendees of the event was Ahmad Al Sumaiti, director of HSE at DCCA, who said: “Today isn’t purely about health and safety […]. It’s about the legacy that we carry for this country, and how we push forward for a sustainable economy.
“Health and safety is just one aspect of a sustainable business. The strategy of future economy requires utilisation of our skills, strengthening our stakeholder capabilities, and partnering with each other; hence, this platform was created.”
Elaborating, he added: “The idea is to put faces to names; the idea is that there’s not an authority dictating what you do, but for you to be engaged and to reach the ultimate goal, which is self-regulation.
“To improve our regulatory framework, we need to strengthen the competencies of your teams, regardless if that competency lies in engineering, project management, or health and safety.”
According to DCCA, the winners were selected based on data collected by the authority’s HSE and compliance teams during monthly audits that were conducted over an 18-month period.
In addition to giving recognition to the winners, DCCA said that it wanted to ensure that best practices were shared among contractors. To achieve this, the event also served as a platform for presentations from the five winners, who talked about the different HSE policies and measures in place at their respective construction sites.
“This platform is about recognising who were the top players in the business, sharing their best practices, and making sure that knowledge is disseminated,” Al Sumaiti said, adding: “A lot of best practices are being implemented in the business, yet they are not being shared; they’re not visible.”
In addition to the presentations and the awarding ceremony, the event saw the official launch of DCCA’s Health, Safety, and Environment Code of Guidance 2017.
Code specific to construction will be released by DCCA next month, said Al Bahri.
The nine clusters operating under the DCCA umbrella are Dubai Internet City, Dubai Outsource City, Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Science Park, and Dubai Design District.