ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Environment Health and Safety Centre, OSHAD, has been awarded the International Risk Management of the Year 2014 – organised by the British Safety Council, a global leader in education on organisational health and safety, OHS, in Britain – for their achievements in the development of an integrated risk-management process into organisational health and safety projects, while adopting international best practice.
A delegation from OSHAD, led by Dr. Jaber Eidha Al Jaberi, Director-General of OSHAD, accepted the award at a gala event held in London. OSHAD was the first organisation from the Middle East and North Africa to be nominated and was selected from amongst the best private and public organisations.
Commenting on the award, Dr. Jaber Eidha Al Jaberi said, “OSHAD’s strategic, long-term mandate touches the lives of employees as well as the community in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and we are proud of the real progress we have made, working in partnership with the government sector, organisations and public institutions that effectively apply the risk management system in Abu Dhabi. This award reflects the UAE’s continuous innovation across numerous fields, and reaffirms the confidence of the international community in OSHAD’s work, serving as recognition of our commitment in implementing the best international practices across occupational safety and health.” The International Risk Management Award is supported by numerous global institutions including the Chartered Insurance Institute in the UK, the Institute of Operational Risk, the Association of Local Authority Risk Managers, and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management.
Dr. Al Jaberi said that the system set in place in Abu Dhabi for OHS is primarily dependent on identifying and developing programmes to reduce workplace risks and injuries, in addition to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all.
A delegation from OSHAD visited a number of their global partners, where they met senior officials from the British Safety Council. The delegation had the opportunity to participate in knowledge transfer and explored ways to learn from their experience to improve, develop and implement a successful OHS system in the emirate.