As it strives to combat the ongoing COVID-19 challenge, DP World, UAE region is continuing to set a benchmark by becoming the first port and free zone operator in the middle east to attain occupational health and safety management system certification (ISO 45001: 2018) for international best practices and standards from Lloyd’s register.
ISO 45001: 2018 is an international standard for health and safety at work developed by national and international standards committees, independent of government. Introduced in March 2018, it is replacing the current standard (BS OHSAS 18001), which will be withdrawn. Businesses have a three- year period to move from the old standard to the new one.
The certification was awarded for excellence in the operating functions of ports and terminals, parks and zones, and security services, with a particular focus on the prevention of injuries and ill health among DP World, UAE Region’s workforce.
The awarding of ISO 45001: 2018 follows an independent audit of Jebel Ali Port, Jebel Ali Freezone (Jafza), and World Security operations, with the certification process including evaluation of the performance of the existing health and safety system at the workplace and then providing practical solutions to improve upon it.
The current global challenges over Covid-19 underscore the importance of achieving the highest standards and resilience in our processes in order to keep trade flowing. The Occupational Health and Safety Management System certification is a recognition that we are going in the right direction in ensuring the safety and health of our employees, customers and partners.Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, and CEO of Jafza.
“As the premier maritime gateway and hub to a region of more than 3.5 billion consumers, the wellbeing of every stakeholder interacting with our business is important to us. For DP World, UAE Region, the ISO 45001:2018 certificate stands as an encouragement and reminder to always follow safety protocols and report unsafe conditions immediately. We take this occasion to commit ourselves to work even harder for the wellness of our people, thus increasing the overall productivity and success.”