Workplace Safety in Saudi Arabia
By Mansour Bakr, PHRi, SHRM-CP
23 October 2018
Workplace safety in Saudi Arabia is to ensure all reasonable steps are taken by a company to ensure the safety and well-being of its employees in the event of any incidents or emergencies that may occur at any office location.
A safety officer will be nominated at each company location, the safety officer primary responsibilities are but not limited to:
Employees with safety concerns are encouraged to contact the Safety Officer so that the problem can be investigated, analyzed, and alternative methods for resolving is identified for action.
Emergency: Any event that arises internally or from external sources, which may adversely affect the safety of persons in a building or the community generally and requires immediate response by the occupants.
Safety: is the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury.
Security: is the state of being protected or safe from danger or threat.
Emergency Code Levels
The Emergency Code levels will consist of three (3) types based on the initial assessment as follows:
A RED Level incident is a very serious situation with the possibility of developing into a crisis situation involving fatalities or multiple serious injuries and/or serious acts of terrorism. A RED Level incident will activate predetermined responses from the Safety Officer and will require concern public authorities. A full evacuation of a facility will be activated in this type of incident.
A YELLOW Level incident is a serious situation that will require MEDICAL assistant of an employee in CARDIAC ARREST or DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR. A YELLOW Level incident will require the Safety Officer to contact a medical ambulance and/or the concern security authorities.
A GREEN level incident is a low risk situation which may be characterized as lack of water in facilities, road accident preventing employees from coming to office, phone system failure, etc. This is where the incident presents NO DANGER to employees.
Exhibit 1: Emergency Code Levels
Emergency Assessment Checklist
The emergency assessment checklist outlines various assessment and action criteria that can be used by the Safety Officer to assist in determining response actions. It is vitally important that once the emergency has been dealt with, all aspects of response and subsequent actions be fully documented.
Exhibit 2: Emergency Assessment Checklist
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Work Area Risks
Work Area Risks will be identified, and warnings posted including instructions to be followed and means of protection:
At least two employees will be trained in First Aid & Fire Fighting Equipment.