DP World - UAE Region outlines Covid-19 countermeasures

Key focus areas include workforce health and safety, operational resilience

Disinfection and sanitisation operations at the facilities of DP World - UAE Region.

Disinfection and sanitisation operations at the facilities of DP World - UAE Region.

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DP World - UAE Region announced on Monday details of its action plan to secure workforce health and safety and services across its business, logistics and supply chain assets amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The company said that the focus is on securing the integrity and efficiency of the movement of vital supplies like food items, medicine and medical equipment required by the UAE and Dubai Health Authority (DHA) at the its flagship Jebel Ali Port and Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza).

In addition to work from home and harnessing automated operations such as remotely operated quay cranes and automated gantry cranes and gates, the company is further improving operational resilience by segregating workforces, increasing cleaning and disinfection, providing employee transportation and arranging employee accommodation near their place of work.

DP World - UAE Region has also installed thermal cameras at all operational buildings, entrances and gates to scan body temperature of individuals.

Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World - UAE Region and CEO of Jafza, said the measures are focused on timely actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection.

"Our people are our most valuable assets and we put their safety and health as our top priority," he said.

He also pointed out that the company and its businesses are currently operating under the UAE's Coronavirus Prevention & Response Plan along with Business Continuity Plans customised for each operating entity.

The statement said that as an added precaution, all fingerprint scanners have been deactivated to prevent accidental COVID-19 contamination by users. Social distancing is ensured during shift change, including on buses transporting staff.

It also noted that disinfection and sanitisation has been implemented for all equipment, vehicles, offices and other physical assets throughout Jebel Ali Port, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), Mina Rashid, P&O Marinas, Mina Al Hamriya, National Industries Park (NIP), Dubai Auto Zone, Dubai Trade and World Security.

Other measures include:

  • All in-house canteens, food courts and restaurants within DP World - UAE Region's premises are catering to delivery requests only.
  • Isolation rooms have been identified in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) camps and all processes and procedures are in line with Dubai Health Authority (DHA) guidelines for dealing with such cases.
  • Ship crews, arriving or departing, are required to pass through thermal cameras, provide health updates and obtain the Harbour Master's approval before boarding or deboarding vessels. Arrangements have been made to provide hospitalisation facilities for crewmembers if required.

(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)


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