Combating COVID-19: DP World ensures staff safety, flow of services

Measures include workforce segregation; increased disinfection; thermal cameras; and social distancing on employee transport

Combating COVID-19: DP World ensures staff safety, flow of services
DP World
Combating COVID-19: DP World ensures staff safety, flow of services

UAE-based maritime gateway and logistics hub DP World, UAE Region has implemented a rapid action plan to secure the health and safety of its employees and its services across all its business, logistics, and supply chain assets to keep essential trade flowing in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

The comprehensive measures are being applied in close consultation with ports and health authorities to contain and prevent the spread of the pandemic.

DP World’s flagship hub of Jebel Ali Port and the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) is focusing on securing efficient movement of vital supplies such as food items, medicines, and medical equipment required by the UAE and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) to contain the infection.

Many port operations and freezone operations, including remotely operated quay cranes and automated gantry cranes and gates, are already inherently resilient due to their dependence on technology.

The slew of additional initiatives – including segregating workforces; increasing cleaning and disinfection; providing transportation to get employees to work through lockdowns; and arranging accommodation for employees near their place of work – aim to improve operational resilience.

As the region’s busiest trade enabler, DP World, UAE Region has also ensured the continuity of services by encouraging Work From Home options for most of its employees.

In addition, the firm has installed thermal cameras at all operational buildings, entrances, and gates to identify the body temperatures of individuals and facilitate the isolation of suspected COVID-19 cases.

Commenting on the initiatives, the chief executive officer and managing director of DP World, UAE Region, and the CEO of Jafza, Mohammed Al Muallem, said: “Our people are our most valuable assets and we put their safety and health as our top priority.  The measures we’ve activated are focused on timely actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.”

He added: “Our containment programme adheres strictly to the requirements of the UAE Government, Dubai Health Authority and the World Health Organization. We’ve sent out a clear message that social distancing is a critical demand and not an option for our community to remain safe.”

All COVID-related essentials such as identification of symptoms, emergency numbers, awareness, and instructions have been conveyed through desktop displays, emails, text messages, notices, and flyers.

As an added precaution, all fingerprint scanners have been deactivated to prevent accidental COVID-19 contamination by users. Social distancing is ensured during shift changes, including on buses transporting staff.

Complete disinfection and sanitisation has been implemented for all equipment, vehicles, offices, and other physical assets throughout Jebel Ali Port, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), Mina Rashid, P&O Marinas, Mina Al Hamriya, National Industries Park (NIP), Dubai Auto Zone, Dubai Trade and World Security.

All in-house canteens, food courts, and restaurants within DP World, UAE Region’s premises are catering to delivery requests only.

Isolation rooms have been identified in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) camps and all processes and procedures are in line with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) guidelines for dealing with such cases.

Trained HSE teams and security personnel are deployed on a 24x7 high-alert basis to maintain a close watch on the situation, and ensure absolute compliance with the health and safety requirements of Dubai and the UAE.

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