UAE’s Emrill achieves 13 million safe manhours without LTI in 2020

The achievement marks 243 days without an LTI across all Emrill sites, including Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai

More than 92% of 443 eligible Emrill employees have completed its Frontline Supervisor (FLS) Health, Safety, and Environment training course
More than 92% of 443 eligible Emrill employees have completed its Frontline Supervisor (FLS) Health, Safety, and Environment training course

UAE-based facilities management services provider Emrill has reached a major milestone in its ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of all employees, achieving 13 million safe manhours without lost-time injury (LTI) in 2020.

The achievement marks 243 days without an LTI across all Emrill sites, including the Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai master communities, Dubai Airport, and the residential towers on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah.

Commenting on the milestone, the chief executive officer of Emrill, Stuart Harrison, said: “The health, safety, and wellbeing of Emrill’s employees are at the forefront of everything we do. We have created a safety-first culture, in which every employee is accountable not only for personal safety but also for the wellbeing of colleagues and the residents of the communities and sites we serve. Achieving this milestone demonstrates the ongoing commitment of every Emrill employee to ensure our sites and facilities’ safety is second to none.”

Emrill has launched several safety initiatives to create an environment of openness and awareness in which all Emrill employees are actively engaged in meeting safety targets. The company’s Target Zero initiative’s message was simple: If it is not safe, don’t do it.

In another highly successful campaign, titled Don’t Walk By, Emrill employees were empowered to identify and raise concerns about any unsafe working practices and conditions to any other team member with confidence.

All employees have been issued with a ‘Stop Work Card’, giving them the authority to stop any unsafe activity. Other ongoing safety programmes include Emrill’s Behavioural Based Safety and Working at Height initiatives, as well as monthly roleplay activities and Toolbox Talks, which focus on safe working practices.

In 2020, Emrill expanded its suite of health and safety training courses, adding its Frontline Supervisor (FLS) Health, Safety, and Environment training module. The learning outcomes of the module include understanding responsibilities, recognising common workplace hazards, implementing appropriate control measures, evaluating and mitigating risks, and recognising the different ways in which health and safety performance can be measured and improved.

Since the launch of the module, 92% of the 443 eligible employees have completed the course, with 93% of participants achieving a pass rate of more than 70% on the final assessment.

Emrill’s integrated management system (IMS) manager, Faisulla Shariff, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it many challenges, including how to continue delivering world-class training and maintaining best practice standards while adhering to physical distancing guidelines.

“To ensure Emrill employees could complete the module, which is so critical for the safety of our frontline supervisors and the teams they manage, we adapted the course and training methodologies to enable us to deliver the lessons virtually.”

To date, 15% of participants have completed the module via virtual learning, achieving comparable results to face-to-face learners at the end of the course.

In addition to formal training modules, Emrill also runs a series of awareness campaigns throughout the year, including Halt for Health week and World Safety Day, which focus on employees’ personal health and wellbeing.

Harrison concluded: “It is our ongoing and transparent commitment to health and safety that has enabled us to reach such an incredible health and safety milestone. This achievement goes to prove that when safety is a priority for everyone, we can work in a safe and accident-free environment.”

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