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Engineer Majid Al Khumairi, Head of Training Institutes and Individuals Department at the SPSA. (Image source: Sharjah 24)

HSE

Engineer Majid Al Khumairi, Head of Training Institutes and Individuals Department at the Sharjah Prevention and Safety Authority (SPSA), announced the launch of a new service called "Registration of Occupational Safety and Health Officers."

This service includes an online platform that allows applicants to obtain a registration certificate as safety and health officers in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Engineer Majid Al Khumairi stated that the authority aims to raise awareness and improve competency in occupational safety and health across the emirate. The service includes advanced training programs and specialised workshops held regularly to ensure the skills and knowledge of occupational safety and health officers in Sharjah remain current.

He emphasised that safety officers are responsible for overseeing facilities and institutions in the emirate and must comply with specific standards to ensure the highest levels of safety based on the risk and classification of the facility. The authority aims to provide full support to enable government and private entities to efficiently meet these requirements.

In conjunction with the new service, the authority has issued a guidebook for "Occupational Safety and Health Officers" that provides comprehensive information about the required qualification standards for officer registration according to the Sharjah Occupational Safety and Health System. The guide promotes compliance with local laws and guidelines to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.

Engineer Majid Al Khumairi added that government entities and private facilities classified under levels 3, 4, and 5 are required to appoint a registered safety and health officer through the authority. These entities can access the new guidebook and register for the service by visiting the website of the Sharjah Prevention and Safety Authority, simplifying the compliance process and reinforcing preventive measures in the emirate.

The opening of the new facility. (Image source: Honeywell)

Industrial

Honeywell has opened its first assembly line dedicated to fire alarm and building management solutions in Saudi Arabia, in line with its strategy to increase localisation in the Kingdom in focus areas

The new facility in Dhahran will provide local and regional markets with Saudi-made products that meet the highest local and international industry standards and will boost the company’s building automation capabilities in the region. It will streamline the delivery process of world-class building automation and critical safety technologies, enabling faster and more efficient distribution of products to customers.

“Around the world, and especially within this region, we are seeing clear alignment between national visions and goals and the need for safer, efficient, smart and sustainable infrastructure,” said Phil Daniell, VP and GM of Honeywell - Business Automation in Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “Urban populations are increasing, and through automation technologies we are able to help cater to this expanded need while helping to tackle carbon emissions and driving efficiency through smarter and safer technology.”

Abdullah Al-Juffali, Honeywell country president of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, added, “This new facility not only enhances our capability to serve our customers with locally manufactured solutions, but also solidifies our commitment to contributing to the Kingdom’s industrial and technological advancements."

The new uvex phynomic cut glove range is manufactured in Germany using 3D hand ‘formas’ to mimic the contours of the hand. (Image source: uvex)

PPE

uvex has announced the launch of new safety eyewear and safety gloves, which it will be showcasing at the Health and Safety Event in Birmingham, UK from 30 April-2 May

The programme targets all workers in the construction sector or those whose jobs require scaffold installation and usage. (Image source: SPSA)

Training

The Sharjah Prevention and Safety Authority (SPSA), in partnership with the Municipality of Al Dhaid, has launched an awareness campaign titled "Work Safety at Heights."

The campaign aims to improve safety practices for working at heights through specialised practical training programmes. These programmes include workshops led by expert specialists, focusing on safe practices for working on scaffolding, proper scaffold setup, and the correct use of safety equipment.

This initiative is part of the Prevention and Safety Authority's efforts to ensure worker safety in the Emirate of Sharjah. It targets all workers in the construction sector or those whose jobs require scaffold installation and usage. The campaign encourages all companies in the central region to provide necessary training to their employees and to register in the Sharjah Occupational Safety and Health System via the Authority's website, which is dedicated to ensuring minimum safety requirements at work sites.

His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Prevention and Safety Authority, emphasised the importance of such awareness campaigns and their vital role in achieving the Authority's vision of a safe, hazard-free community. He added that the campaign aims to meet the Emirate's future aspirations by raising awareness of fundamental procedures that ensure human protection, thereby enhancing worker safety, reducing workplace accidents and injuries, and preserving property.

This campaign addresses the growing need for a safe work environment and educates workers on the importance of following preventive measures to maintain their safety. The campaign will run for several weeks and will include various awareness activities such as distributing informative brochures, holding educational seminars, and organising field campaigns for inspection and awareness at different work sites. The Authority urges employers at construction sites to review the Scaffolding Guide OSHJ-GL-03 and the Mobile Scaffolding Guide OSHJ-GL-04 to understand the necessary safety requirements for working on scaffolding, ensuring the security and safety of workers.

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