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SOHAR Port and Freezone has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with RoSPA. (Image source: Sohar Port)

At a notable event at the House of Lords, SOHAR Port and Freezone received RoSPA’s Best New International Entry Award and the RoSPA Gold Sector Award for Health and Safety performance for the period of January 2023 to December 2023. The awards were presented by Lord Bill Jordan, Life President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

RoSPA, a not-for-profit organisation patroned by His Majesty King Charles III, has been dedicated to reducing serious accidental injuries for over 100 years by sharing essential skills and knowledge. The RoSPA Awards programme, now in its 68th year, is the UK’s largest health and safety awards programme. With nearly 2,000 entries annually from over 50 countries, affecting over seven million employees, it highlights a commitment to continuous improvement in health and safety.

Rebecca Hickman, CEO of RoSPA, expressed her pleasure in welcoming SOHAR Port and Freezone to the organisation. Hickman praised SOHAR Port and Freezone’s dedication to safety and their efforts to foster a safety culture among companies within the port and freezone.

In conjunction with this achievement, SOHAR Port and Freezone has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with RoSPA to collaborate on occupational safety training and the exchange of expertise. This partnership aims to enhance safety standards and operational efficiency, positioning SOHAR Port and Freezone as a leader in the field.

Commenting on this achievement, Omar bin Mahmood Al Mahrizi, CEO of SOHAR Freezone and DCEO of SOHAR Port, said, "We are honored to receive the Gold Award for Health and Safety 2023 and the Best New International Entrant Award from RoSPA. This recognition reflects our team's and tenants’ dedication and efforts to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. It strengthens our commitment to improving standards, enhancing safety culture, and developing best practices for all stakeholders. We are proud to be part of the international awards community, setting a standard for safety and occupational health excellence."

adi Facilities Engineering provides full-service compliance engineering and management solutions. (Image source: adi)

adi Facilities Engineering provides some insight into increasing safety at the workplace.

Brian Imrie, managing director of adi Facilities Engineering, a company providing full-service compliance engineering and management solutions, explores the most common compliance pitfalls for businesses.


“Record-keeping is one of the most common issues, as people often don’t have the necessary documentation, or this is not easily accessible or available”, he says.

“It could be anything from the documents being locked away in a filing cabinet due to someone being on annual leave, to these being misplaced.

“When the HSE carries out an inspection, if you are not able to exhibit any relevant documentation upon request, then by default, you're non-compliant.

"It's about being able to demonstrate through auditable records that you've done what's required, to the relevant standard, and using competent resources in order to be compliant”.

Knowledge is power

“Another essential issue revolves around the competencies of staff, and their awareness of what's required. In some companies, individuals may simply not be aware of what the legal requirements are under the HSAWA.

“But ultimately, if there is an incident, ignorance is not a defence. If you don't know about specific legislations, it doesn't mean that you're not going to get prosecuted should an incident occur.

"It’s also key to make sure that people are aware of what their responsibilities and legal duties of care are.

“These duties can get lost between people, such as if the person in charge leaves and nobody else is assigned their duties, and gaps can appear if there is a need for cross-departmental cooperation in this area which is not adequately managed.

“Education should be a focal point. Not only should there be personnel appointed to ‘duty holder’ roles that deal with relevant legislative elements, but all staff should be made aware of the risks and of what’s required to manage and control them”.
Be proactive

"When it comes to compliance, businesses must be proactive rather than reactive. If you're reacting to something that's gone wrong, it’s already too late.

“The worst mistake that businesses can make is not prioritising health, safety and compliance, which is often due to time constraints or busy workloads.

“This may happen in manufacturing sites, where demanding production schedules translate to reduced downtime to carry out maintenance, for instance. This could lead to equipment that should be checked every year only getting checked once every few.

"But it’s vital that businesses keep up to date about evolving health and safety regulations and industry standards, particularly to avoid compliance becoming an oversight”.

Investing in a compliance gap analysis

“Audits conducted by experienced professionals are instrumental in ensuring that equipment and systems are safe, efficient, and reliable and that any inherent risk is adequately mitigated and controlled.

"This can involve mechanical and electrical tests and inspections, reviewing documentation and assessments, and checking that equipment and systems are fully compliant.

“It’s vital to remember that many tests, periodic inspections and maintenance activities are enforceable by law, so there are requirements for areas such as pressure systems, boiler operation, electrical systems, lifting operations, provision and use of work equipment and much more.

“Investing in a compliance gap analysis provides an essential tool for early identification of where businesses may be non-compliant and empowers them with the knowledge to put the right procedures in place to protect their staff and the business itself”.

Addressing compliance gaps

“It’s not enough to simply know where you are going wrong, however. It’s of paramount importance to know what the fix is to resolve the problem in the right way.

“It is essential to have access to the right expertise and solutions to navigate these challenges effectively. Expert advice and tailored solutions enable organisations to implement targeted measures to address these gaps proactively.

“This not only mitigates risks but also enhances operational efficiency and promotes a culture of safety within the workplace. It is an investment in the health, safety, and success of both employees and the organisation as a whole”.

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Dubai Investments newest report called the 'Annual Sustainability Report for 2023' explains how the group has fared in the past year.

The report highlighted more than 7,900 hours of Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) training, strong local supplier engagement with 72% local sourcing, and a commitment to empowering woman, with 12.5% of total managerial roles held by women.

Apart from this, the company recorded a 12% decrease in electricity usage and a 9.5% drop in overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to 2022 levels. By implementing proactive strategies to lessen dependence on fossil fuels and transition to alternative energy sources, the company managed to obtain 25% of its total energy consumption from sustainable alternatives, demonstrating its dedication to eco-friendly energy practices.

Aiding HSE professionals

Furthermore, significant strides were made through various initiatives, such as the conversion of security patrolling vehicles to hybrid models at the group's subsidiary Dubai Investments Park (DIP). This switch resulted in a remarkable 58% reduction in petrol consumption and a noteworthy 42% decrease in diesel usage.

Over the years, the company has conducted HAZOP (Hazard and Operability Study) and internal training for hazard identification, mitigation, regulatory compliance, Lean methodology, and HSE. Apart from this, divisions within the group have empowered auditors as well. Through this, internal auditors got trained extensively as ISO Auditors, completing the ISO Stage 1 audit for Integrated Quality and HSE system, reaffirming commitment to quality and safety. 

Mohammed Saeed Al Raqbani, head of the Sustainability Committee at Dubai Investments and general manager of Dubai Investments Industries and Masharie, said, “The Group’s relentless pursuit of sustainability is fundamental to Dubai Investments’ operational ethos. The significant strides documented in the 2023 report reflect the Group’s active engagement in environmental management and the commitment to shaping a sustainable future. These efforts are critical to minimising the ecological impact while aligning with the UAE’s sustainability goals."

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