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FAHR: The Guide to Occupational Health & Safety in the Office Environment safeguards employee safety and enhances their productivity

Thursday July 15, 2021

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) continues its efforts aimed at protecting Federal Government employees, and educating them about any risks that they might face in the workplace, thus maintaining their health and safety, at all times, while they perform their duties in their offices, at home or in the field.

As part of these efforts, FAHR has recently launched a Guide to Occupational Health & Safety in the Federal Government's office work environment (workplaces or home). The guide   aims to familiarize Ministries and Federal entities and their employees with the best practices and occupational health and safety standards globally applied in home or office work environment.

The new Guide comes within a series of attempts to develop the institutional  system across the Federal Government departments, as well as improve government work mechanisms and tools in ministries and federal entities, and ensure the provision of a safe, healthy and stable work environment for employees, whether in their workplaces or working remotely. 

It also comes in line with the directives of the UAE's wise leadership to give top priority to developing the national human capital, its keenness to create a positive and motivating work environment for employees, and commitment to provide the highest standards of occupational health and safety. These efforts, would lead to an increased employee productivity in the Federal Government, and enhance the attractiveness of the government work environment, making it a safe haven for top talents from all over the world. 

More importantly, the guide meets the requirements of keeping pace with the emergency circumstances arising from Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and emerging work patterns as a result.

It is evident that work is no longer limited to office environment, as Remote Working System has been adopted for employees to perform their duties from home or any other location according the Guideline for Occupational Health & Safety for the office work environment launched in 2015. The guideline  was followed by a set of guidelines organizing the work of Federal Government employees during the pandemic, and after their return to workplaces, to ensure their own and their family members' health and safety.

HE Aisha Khalifa Al Suwaidi,

Executive Director of Human Resources Policies Sector,

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources

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