The DynCorp International team working in support of the General Maintenance Corps (GMC) in conjunction with Al Taif Technical Services (ATTS) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), recently obtained an Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) certification. The certification, OHSAS 18001, is an internationally recognized certification which indicates the development and implementation of a comprehensive occupational health and safety management system.
The OHSAS 18001 standard was initially developed and published in 1999 in response to a demand for a recognizable occupational health and safety management system standard against which health and safety could be assessed and certified. It was developed to be compatible with both the ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment) management systems standards, in order to facilitate the integration of quality, environmental and occupational health and safety management systems by organizations.
What Does it Mean to Achieve OHSAS 18001?
OHSAS 18001 is seen as the world’s most recognized occupational health and safety management systems standard. Other benefits expected from this certification include a more productive, safe, and healthy work environment for ATTS employees, customers, visitors and sub-contractors. These benefits will be achieved through:
- Improved operational safety performance as a result of established policies and procedures.
- Greater planning in identifying and eliminating workplace risks.
- Increased employee participation in all aspects of health and safety.
- A reduction in work-related injuries and illnesses.
- Increased knowledge of regulatory and legal health and safety requirements.
UAE General Maintenance Corps Program
The General Maintenance Corps (GMC) program, located in the United Arab Emirates, is one of DynCorp International’s key programs within its Global Logistics & Development Solutions Group. DI works as a subcontractor to Al Taif Technical Services (ATTS) providing maintenance and logistical support for the UAE’s fleet of 23,000 land vehicles. This is a knowledge- transfer / maintenance-mentoring program. The training provided is intended to increase the local workforce and decrease the foreign workforce over time.