Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Sheikh Hamden bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, has announced the launch of a brand new Taqdeer award to recognise excellence in working conditions for labourers across the region.

Organisations who apply for the accreditation will be scored out of 1000 by a judging panel, and their overall achievement will be indicated by a star rating system – Five stars being the pinnacle of best practices.

Meaning “appreciation” in Arabic, this award aims to promote best practice in labour welfare within Dubai-based construction companies who have been operating for at least two years.  There are a number of eligibility criteria for the awards and those achieving 4 or 5 stars will receive a competitive advantage in government and other tenders and be honoured in an awards ceremony in 2016.

Sheikh Hamdan said:  “The Taqdeer Award reflects the importance Dubai places on ensuring progressive labour practices in line with global standards.

“The new programme is consistent with the objectives of Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a city of happy, empowered people.”

Safety Media Regional Manager Leonora Franklin sees this as a much wider success story for health and safety across the region:

“This award will not only highlight the need for Health & Safety training for labourers but will open the eyes of many organisations who will see how serious the leaders of the Dubai region are about Health & Safety practices.”

Health and Safety training is vital for people in all sorts of employment, not just those involved in perceived dangerous activities such as construction. Office workers are also at risk from occupational hazards including musculoskeletal problems from improper working practices to risks from fire – especially when working in towering office buildings.

This new award programme is a milestone in encouraging best practice health and safety and we are sure the benefits will have a much wider reach across the region. For more information regarding health and safety training and other modern resources to help with the delivery of work based health and safety compliance visit www.safetymedia.co.uk/me

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