The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and UAE Ministry of Education are working together to run a programme of activities for students and staff in educational establishments
IOSH has confirmed the ministry as an official training provider. With this move the ministry hopes to establish a close working relationship with the institution and thereby increase safety and health awareness among people who work and study in the UAE education sector campuses.
In the first phase of the programme, safety and health officers will be assigned to all education establishments and trained in IOSH-approved courses. Phase two will target students and staff.
The ministry undersecretary for audit and support services Abdul Rahman Al Hammadi said they are looking to change the safety and health culture among the educational society.
“We are trying to educate young people. We are trying to change the culture itself and push health and safety thinking into families through students,” he said
Commenting on the collaboration with IOSH, he added, “For us at the ministry of education, it is a good opportunity to work with IOSH. It is an organisation that is recognised across the world for its high standards and excellence. Their huge experience in this field will help us to create courses which are simple to deliver.”
He explained that the main goal of the programme was to change behaviour of students towards health and safety and enable them to deal with any danger, any crisis, or any hazard that they may encounter.
“Ten years from today, we will have a new generation who will consider or implement health and safety to be part of their life,” he added.