In a new series titled the Road to Success, we take a look back at some of the outstanding entries and winners of the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Awards to help individuals and organisations learn from them and implement some of these winning strategies.

In this feature, we take a closer look at the EITC:du and their winning entry for the Health & Safety Initiative of the Year Award at the 2018 awards.

A breath of fresh air

Drive to improve indoor air and water quality results in increased productivity and a happy, healthy workforce.

The importance of eliminating obvious physical hazards from the workplace is easy to understand. But sometimes it is the unseen problems that cause the most harm.

Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and unsafe water supplies can lead to a huge range of health problems from dizziness and nausea to cancer, asthma and allergies.

Given the amount of time that most people spend in the workplace, it is logical that ensuring high-quality air and water in the office can make a huge contribution to health and wellness.

The implementation of an ambitious company-wide system for monitoring health and safety issues in the workplace won Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), better known as Du, the Daman Corporate Health and Wellness Award 2018 for Health & Safety Initiative of the Year.

Du first identified the importance of improving air and water quality in 2010, when it began to measure the effectiveness of ventilation and filtration systems.

Minor rectifications were made during the initial stage of the initiative but in 2014 the company wanted to step-up its efforts and so, it signed up to UL Environment's rigorous building certification and preventative maintenance programme.

Du’s buildings have been certified by the US-based company since 2015.

Under the programme, the buildings’ IAQ is regularly tested for gaseous composition, temperature, humidity and dust. Swab testing is done to identify any mould or mildew.

Water supply is tested for the presence of any unwanted chemicals or micro-organisms while physical characteristics such as pH and temperature are monitored.

To achieve certification, plans were introduced in place to deal with any pollutants.

Facility management systems including cleaning schedules, types of filters, ventilation functionality and maintenance are reviewed and updated on a regular basis. Building management staff receive comprehensive training to ensure that all systems are functioning properly.

Perhaps the most impressive factor in Du’s approach to health and safety is its use of digital technology, from the software system used to report and align HSE requirements into company processes, to the use of data mining of health and safety data to understand trends.

Judges on the Daman Corporate health & Wellness Awards said “Du was the standout on this shortlist. The sheer volume of facts and figures that they presented to support their entry showed that, not only did they have successful strategies in place, they also had the tracking mechanisms to support them.”

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