MOHRE (Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation) has introduced a new mandate requiring companies with 15 or more employees to submit a ‘labour injuries report’ with totals of 2016’s fourth quarter. The deadline of January 15th is fast approaching and if missed, organisations could face financial penalties.
Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs, Maher Hamad Al Obed commented:
"The ministry receives work-related injuries reports through the smartphone app Salama, available on Google Play and the App Store. The app includes additional services such as occupational physical disability or death compensation disclosure list, videos demonstrating first aid instructions, an interactive map pointing out the nearest hospitals.”
The measures demonstrate a clear commitment by the ministry to strive for safe working environments and reduce occupational injuries which take multiple forms and encompass ‘any form of injury that strikes an employee during their working hours, which could result in physical or chemical damages or even mentally affect their abilities’. Injuries sustained in this manner could lead to death or chronic illness. A list of occupational injuries had been listed within the labour laws for further information: http://uaelaborlaw.com
Further informative programs which motivate employees to follow workplace safety requirements and reinforce the significance of reporting labour injuries were also welcomed by business leaders.