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HBMSU reiterates commitment to upholding highest health and safety standards in accordance with WELL Rating System

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Dubai, UAE, 27 April 2022 –In
celebration of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work on April 28, Hamdan
bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) reiterated its commitment to uphold the
highest international standards of health and safety in managing and operating
facilities in accordance with the WELL Health Safety Rating System. This is in
line with HBMSU’s efforts to create a safe and integrated learning environment that
encourages creativity, innovation, and excellence.

This commitment follows HBMSU’s recent achievement of
becoming the first academic establishment in the UAE and the Middle East to be
awarded a WELL Health Safety Rating Seal for its university campus, after meeting
all the requirement for the rating system set by the International WELL
Building Institute (IWBI). This was made possible by HBMSU’s efforts of taking advanced
measures to ensure the health and safety of its learners, faculty and
administrative staff, and visitors during and after the Covid-19 pandemic.

HBMSU is continuing its proactive efforts to follow
the international best practices adopted in the field of safety, sustainability,
and innovation, by ensuring the best quality of air and water and the highest
levels of sanitation for classrooms, academic facilities, and administrative
offices on campus, in addition to guaranteeing the effectiveness of emergency
programs and facilitating direct access to health and preventive services
resources. Moreover, the WELL Health Safety Rating System focuses on
operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement, emergency
plans to address the emerging challenges during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,
and the best ways to effectively handle health and safety issues in the future.

Asserting that upholding the highest standards of
sustainability, health, and safety is at the forefront of the university’s
strategic priorities, Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor of HBMSU, said that
the university is working towards creating a unique learning environment that
encourages creativity and innovation within a sustainable building, guaranteeing
the well-being of leaners, academics, and visitors.

He said: “We have taken it upon ourselves to make all
the necessary efforts to ensure that HBMSU complies with the requirements of
the WELL Health Safety Rating System. This is part of our ongoing mission to continuously
upgrade the quality, effectiveness, and sustainability of smart university
facilities, and in line with our vision to reshape the future of higher
education based on three main pillars – innovation, disruption, and
transformation. Our goal is to build a perfect environment that would produce a
knowledgeable and innovative generation which is able to foresee and create the
future, as per the wise directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin
Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of the University.”

“We are proud of being the first locally and
regionally to obtain the WELL Health Safety Rating Seal. This achievement
encourages us to continue to improve HBMSU’s sustainable and competitive
features in line with the national directive to achieve the goals of the 50 of
guaranteeing sustainable development for the next generations. HBMSU is a
leading academic establishment that provides the best education for the
creatives and innovators of the future. We aim to build on that and consolidate
our position as an inspiring model for universities around the world to adopt
the quality-of-life concepts within academic, research, and scientific
environments,” Al Awar concluded.

The WELL Health
Safety Rating System is based on a set of specialised criteria that includes
materials used in construction, movement space, temperatures, sound levels,
light levels, mental health, air quality, nutrition, water, and the quality of
social life of employees from various aspects, making it a global standard and
an effective tool for measuring and promoting health in work environments
around the world.

DF

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