Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of commercial and community ports within the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as Fujairah Terminals and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (Kizad), kicked off Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) Week 2018, its annual CSR event which launched last year under the theme of sustainability.

The three-day event which kicked off yesterday (October 23) will run until October 25, at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in Zayed Port.

The event is being held in collaboration with Capital Health Screening Centre, a Mubadala Company (CHSC) and National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC).

In line with the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030 to create a sustainable economy, the stakeholder event aims to raise local community awareness, encourage partner and customer engagement and promote knowledge sharing and a strong health, safety, and environment (HSE) culture amongst corporations in Abu Dhabi, said a statement.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, chief executive officer, Abu Dhabi Ports, said: “The HSE week launched to great acclaim last year, and having a second edition of this annual event is a testament to its early success.”

“We recognise that to be a truly world-class organisation we must work hard to continually improve our health, safety and environmental performance, in collaboration with strong local advocates. We believe this initiative supports the efforts of the country’s leadership and helps move forward the dynamic HSE dialogue in Abu Dhabi in the right direction,” he added.

This year, under the theme ‘Occupational Health & Hygiene, together for a bright future, the event is dedicated to employee wellbeing and productivity to help further enhance the working environment in the emirate for members of all communities. The activities planned for the three days are wide-ranging and involve 2,000 participants; from research competition, innovation projects, medical screening, blood donation, flu vaccination, dental check-up, awareness lectures and presentations (Nutrition, Lifestyle, Ergonomics, Chronic Disorders), and demonstration of simulators in health fields, to exhibitions by HSE suppliers showcasing audiogram, spirometry, and other innovative mobile trucks for air quality monitoring, and health screening.

Haitham Al Subaihi, acting chief executive officer at Capital Health Screening Centre, said: “We are excited to partner with Abu Dhabi Ports on its flagship CSR initiative, which this year is aimed at promoting employee health and wellbeing in Abu Dhabi.”

“We are offering complementary medical screenings to as many as 2,000 participants at the event. As a part of one of the six Mubadala Healthcare assets that is committed to deliver sustainable healthcare solutions, and we are proud to partner with Abu Dhabi Ports to help raise awareness of occupational illnesses within the industrial sector, to ensure that Abu Dhabi is and will continue to remain a healthy city in which to live and work for all its residents,” he added.

Yasser Zaghloul, chief executive officer, Abu Dhabi National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), said: “We are excited to partner with Abu Dhabi Ports on its flagship CSR initiative, which this year is aimed at promoting employee health and wellbeing in Abu Dhabi.”

“We are a responsible corporate citizen with demonstrated excellence in quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) which is the cornerstone of a pervasive corporate culture within the organisation,” he said.

“Safety and health of our employees, visitors and guests are the embedded values in the organisation. We constantly strive to minimize environmental impact from our activities and our HSE policy aims at ensuring safety of public, employees, plant, equipment and third parties,” he added.

The event also welcomes representatives and exhibitors from local academic institutes such as Abu Dhabi University, Zayed University, Fatima Medical Science College, Khalifa University, NYUAD, Abu Dhabi Vocational and Training Institute (ADVETI), and Rawafed Private International School, with the aim to drive collaboration on sustainable thinking and innovation between academia and businesses.  

Other exhibitors include LLH Hospital a unit of VPS Healthcare; Abu Dhabi ladies Club; Fitness First; Pink Caravan – Breast Cancer Awareness; Low Calories Nutrition; Al Rahma Association; Bynuna Gate – HSE supplier; Midas Safety; and 3M.

To encourage further engagement, Abu Dhabi Ports is hosting a competition for the university students; inviting them to showcase projects, research papers and innovations related to sustainability and socio-economic development.

The best academic research paper submission is set to receive a valuable award. The competition winner will be announced during the closing ceremony on 25th October at 1 pm.

The event features other attendees from government entities, business partners and port customers including, Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHAD), Abu Dhabi City Municipality, Abu Dhabi Department of Health, SEHA, Abu Dhabi Police, ADNOC. Invitation has also been extended to the broader community, including Abu Dhabi government employees and customers, universities and schools students as well as KIZAD investors.

The event sponsors are Al Nasr Contracting Company and Emirates Stevedoring Company, it stated.

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