Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ) has been recognised as runner-up for having the ‘Best COVID Response Team 2021’ at the Middle East Clean, Hygiene & Facility (MECHF) Awards 2022.A six-member panel, comprising local and international health and safety experts, assessed the nominees’ COVID-19 response strategies during the fourth edition of the prestigious cleaning and hygiene industry awards.
“Our team has been able to effectively respond to the challenges, ensuring business continuity while prioritising safety of all. I am happy such support and dedication in upholding the RAKEZ community solidarity was lauded at the MECHF Awards,” said Ramy Jallad, Group CEO of RAKEZ. “We swung into action at the very onset of the pandemic. We formed a COVID-19 response team which was instrumental in planning and implementing our prevention, identification, isolation, tracing, relocation and disinfection strategies,” he added.
Some of the strategies included the creation of Disinfection Service Procedure and Emergency (Pandemic) Response Policy, formation of dedicated communications groups to train personnel and zone-wise action response teams to deal with emergencies.
Other measures to help contain the spread of the illness involved installation of touchless eco-friendly and advanced equipment, set-up of dedicated isolation rooms and temporary COVID-19 testing facilities, and more organised waste disposal for PPE kits.
One of the assessment parameters for the award was the maintenance of around 450 RAKEZ facilities during the pandemic. The facilities comprise commercial and business centres, security and administrative buildings, labour and staff accommodations, warehouses and offices located across its free zone and non-free zone areas.
The RAKEZ team continues to follow the preventive practices on a routine basis with regular facility inspections and safety audits.