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Khalifa University Wins British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards 2022 with ‘Distinction’ for Health and Safety Measures

April 4, 2022

Top Category Award Reflects EHS and Facilities Management Teams’ Commitment to Operational Efficiency 


Khalifa University has become the only university in the Middle East to win the British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards 2022 with ‘distinction’, for its commitment to health, safety and wellbeing during the 2021 calendar year.


Khalifa University is one of 135 organizations to win a Distinction in the International Safety Awards 2022. Keeping in line with the UAE’s emphasis on health and safety protocols throughout the year, Khalifa University has consistently demonstrated that the fight to prevent COVID-19 has not been at the expense of ensuring the effective management of the broader hazards posed to health, safety, and wellbeing in the workplace. The Khalifa University Environment Health and Safety (EHS) department aims to create and sustain a positive and productive study and work environment that stimulates creativity, while ensuring health and safety of students, faculty and staff, as well as improving conservation and management of natural resources.


Dr. Ebrahim Al Hajri, Senior Vice-President, Support Services, Khalifa University,  said: “Winning ‘distinction’ in British Safety Council’s International Safety Awards 2022 once again justifies Khalifa University’s status as an institution that places primary importance to health and safety measures, on and off campus. This is a combined effort from the Environment Health and Safety (EHS) and Facilities Management team that establishes high operational efficiency. The team members did not only achieve their objectives within the deadline but also set a great example of distinction. We believe this award will further motivate us towards achieving higher goals, while establishing new benchmarks for academic institutions in ensuring safety of the community.”


Now in their 64th year, the International Safety Awards recognize and celebrate organizations from around the world which have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year. The awards also acknowledge organizations that have shown commitment to wellbeing and mental health at work. 


In 2022, 549 organizations won an International Safety Award. They span all sectors with significant representation from the construction, manufacturing, oil, gas, mining, power and utility sectors. Winners were drawn from 39 countries worldwide. A total of only 135 organizations were awarded a Distinction, 204 organizations were awarded a Merit and 210 organizations achieved a Pass. 


Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of British Safety Council, congratulated Khalifa University on its success in winning an International Safety Award 2022 with a Distinction: “The British Safety Council applauds Khalifa University on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and hard work to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.  


“The vision of the British Safety Council is that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work – anywhere in the world. Achieving this requires more than complying with legislation; it means people committed not only to health and safety but also more and more to workplace wellbeing and impelling others to follow suit.


“The long list of winners of the International Safety Awards, demonstrates that a significant number of companies recognise that effective management of health and safety risks is a business growth enabler, benefiting not just employees, but organizations and wider society. By celebrating the achievements of the 549 winners of the 2022 International Safety Awards and over six decades of improving health and safety standards around the world, we encourage other organizations to adopt this approach and place employees’ health, safety and wellbeing at the core of their business.”


“Our heartfelt congratulations to Khalifa University. All of those working at the university should be enormously proud of their achievement.”


Clarence Michael
English Editor Specialist
4 April 2022