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Dubai labour affairs committee delivers COVID-19 awareness guidelines for workers

As reported by the Emirates News Agency (WAM), Dubai’s Permanent Committee of Labour Affairs, PCLA, has distributed COVID-19 awareness guides to workers, drivers and accommodation supervisors, across 500 companies in the emirate.

The guidelines are part of the PCLA’s efforts to conduct awareness campaigns and initiatives on safety and preventative measures undertaken to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a statement by the PCLA, this latest campaign targeted companies across the Emirate of Dubai, labour accommodation sites and workplaces, to ensure their health and safety, and raising understanding and awareness on COVID-19 health risks, and means to prevent the spread of infection.

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PCLA Chairman Major General Obaid Muhair bin Surour stated that the committee is always keen on ensuring that individuals working in Dubai are provided with the best working and living conditions to ensure their safety. Bin Surour is also the Deputy Director-General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs.

PLCA teams carried out field visits to workers at their accommodation beginning 15th March 2020, providing individuals with educational materials and guides on preventative measures to protect themselves against coronavirus, and to ensure that they are familiar with health and safety regulations.

Guidelines and pamphlets were distributed in various languages, including Arabic, Urdu, Hindi and English, in a bid to encourage individuals to commit to hygienic practices and preventative measures in dealing with the pandemic. Hygiene kits were also provided to the workers residing in the accommodation buildings.

The PLCA also provide contact numbers of Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Police and labour committee to the workers.

The guidelines include information on COVID-19, how transmission and spread can occur, and precautions for individuals to take to ‘flatten the curve’ and prevent the further spread of the pandemic.