DDF receives International Safety Award with Merit from British Safety Council


May 5, 2019 | By RetailME Bureau

Airport retailer, Dubai Duty Free (DDF) has won the 2019 International Safety Award with Merit from the British Safety Council.

The British Safety Council, a Registered Charity founded by James Tye in 1957 and one of the world’s leading health and safety organisations, selected DDF for its commitment to keeping its workers and workplaces healthy and safe during the 2018 calendar year.

DDF is one of 251 worldwide organisations from Africa, Asia, India, Middle East, the UK and from mainland Europe to win a Merit in the 2019 International Safety Awards. While the airport retailer has previously won the International Safety Award (2017 and 2018), this is the first time that the award was received with Merit.

Commenting on the recognition, DDF executive vice chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin said, “We are delighted to receive the International Safety Award with Merit from the British Safety Council for the first time. We believe that safety is everyone’s responsibility and I commend our team for their involvement, co-operation and commitment in enhancing the organisation’s safety culture at all times.”

Now in their 61st year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world that have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year.

In 2019, 507 organisations won an International Safety Award. These winning organisations span all sectors and are drawn from the UK, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Fifty-seven organisations were awarded a distinction, 251 organisations were awarded a Merit and 199 organisations achieved a pass.

DDF operates an Integrated Management System in accordance with ISO 14001: 2015 and OHSAS 18001: 2007. The operation also performs regular audits on HSE System and HSE Operational Procedures and conducted HSE Awareness Training for new staff during induction programmes.

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