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Securex West Africa is the leading security, fire & safety expo to attend in 2020. With up to 100 exhibitors expected from all over the world, this is the one security event in the year that you can't afford to miss

Show Dates: 30 June - 1 July 2020
Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Venue: The Landmark Centre in Lagos, Nigeria
The exhibition will focus specifically on the solution of Fire Safety, Security & Policing, Road Safety, Chemical Safety, Explosion Protection, Emergency Rescue and PPE, including a series of concurrent programs such as Global Intelligent Safety Summit and Matchmaking Meetings. It’ s where business and networks will be built that will bring you the buyers and benefit the entire industry for years to come.

Show Dates: 25-27 August 2020
Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Venue: Poly World Trade Center in Guangzhou, China
Safety & Health Expo 2020 and its co-located events, which were originally scheduled to be staged in May 2020.
This rescheduling covers the following events:

• IFSEC International
• FIREX International
• Safety & Health Expo
• Facilities Show
• Intelligent Building Europe
• Workplace Wellbeing Show
• Counter Terror Expo, Ambition, Forensics Expo Europe, and World Counter Terror Congress (organised by Clarion)
Show Dates: 8–10 September 2020
Time: 09:00 to 17:00
Venue: ExCeL London UK
Fashion designers, cosmetic brands and industry suppliers have been asked to create Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for frontline healthcare works in the UAE, including surgical masks and isolation gowns, in a new ‘emergency network’ formed by the Arab Fashion Council.

“The Dubai Health Authority is proud to endorse the Arab Fashion Council’s initiative which highlights the strength of Made-in-UAE and proves how Dubai is taking a leading role and all measures to provide safety to its citizens and residents,” said the Dubai Health Authority.

The new AFC initiative is titled #thread4cause, and aims to respond to high demands for PPE due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as hospitals deal with high numbers of patients.

PPE is defined as protective gear, such as clothing, helmets, goggles or other garments, that protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection.

Members of #thread4cause will create items such as masks, gowns, hoodies and locally made sanitisers for medical workers, in full compliance with the UAE and Dubai’s legislations, as well as specifications and standards approved by the DHA.

“We are aware of the potential number of brands that could try to benefit from this situation and we ensure to keep a track and all the production and enable the consumer to verify the product’s date on the website using the latest technology,” said Ayman Al Bayaa, the chief legal officer at the AFC and a UN Goodwill Ambassador.

To ensure their legitimacy, AFC will run their products through a tracking system on their website, using Artificial Intelligence Technology. After receiving approval from the DHA over the safety of the products, the products will receive a green checkmark in the system.

Marmar Halim, a Dubai-based designer of Egyptian origin, represents one of the first Arab brands to adhere to the AFC’s new initiative.

“[He] showcased a very professional capacity to go beyond creativity in producing Personal Protection Equipment in quality and quantity of millions of surgical masks,” said Mohammed Aqra, the chief strategy officer at the AFC.

Halim wrote: “Our fashion house and factory will be putting its resources at full capacity to produce medical gowns and surgical masks, proudly #MadeInUAE for the medical community front-liners fighting COVID-19.”

He added: “Special thanks to Arab Fashion Council who has given its support to make this project viable. #TimeToGiveBacktoUAE.”


Dubai has extended the shutdown for hotel establishments, along with floating restaurants, venues and other event organisers until further notice, Gulf News has learned.

According to an industry circular issued on April 14 by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, which has been circulated to the above-mentioned entities, along with inbound tour operators, an extension on ‘all precautionary circulars’ has come into effect until ‘further notice’.

A copy of the circular reads: “In line with Dubai Government Precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its residents and visitors, we extend all the Precautionary Circulars on the web site until further notice.”

Previous circulars issued by Dubai Tourism include a temporary closure of all entertainment activities, fitness and health centres, along with a suspension of sheesha services in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The circular further states: “Dubai Tourism will continuously evaluate the situation in coordination with the health authorities.”

On April 4, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, in coordination with the Command and Control Centre for Combating COVID-19, announced the extension of the national sterilisation programme to 24 hours for two weeks across all areas and communities in the emirate, which is expected to end on April 18.


Washington — OSHA is instructing area directors to prioritize COVID-19-related inspections according to a workplace’s risk of exposure and in coordination with regional offices.

An April 13 memo from OSHA states that the agency’s interim enforcement response plan gives “flexibility and discretion for our field offices to maximize OSHA’s impact in securing safe workplaces for workers in this evolving environment.”

Fatalities and imminent-danger exposures related to the pandemic will take priority for onsite inspections. Covered establishments with “high” to “very high” risk levels, such as health care organizations and first responders, will be given “particular attention.”

Meanwhile, establishments with medium or lower exposure risk levels may not have an onsite inspection – even if workers file complaints.

“In such cases, area offices will use the nonformal procedures for investigating alleged hazards,” the memo states. “Inadequate responses to a phone/fax investigation should be considered for an onsite inspection in accordance with the [Field Operations Manual].”

The memo provides examples of organizations at each risk level, as well as a sample letter to employers for COVID-19-related enforcement activities, a sample hazard alert letter and a sample alleged violation description for General Duty Clause citations, along with guidance for OSHA compliance safety and health officers during inspections.

“Workers requesting inspections, complaining of coronavirus exposure, or reporting illnesses may be protected under one or more whistleblower statutes and will be informed of their protections from retaliation,” an April 13 agency press release states.

Acting administrator Loren Sweatt added: “OSHA is committed to protecting the health and safety of America’s workers during this challenging time in our nation’s history. Today’s guidance outlines commonsense procedures for investigating complaints related to the coronavirus while also ensuring the safety of workers, employers and inspectors.”


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued an enforcement memorandum instructing its inspectors to use discretion in enforcing injury and illness recordkeeping requirements for cases of COVID-19. The use of enforcement discretion does not apply to corrections, emergency services, healthcare, and law enforcement employers.

OSHA said employers should focus their efforts on establishing and maintaining good hygiene practices.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus first identified in Wuhan City, China, in December 2019.

The agency acknowledged that some employers may have difficulty determining whether employees have contracted COVID-19 due to exposures at work.

Employers must record an illness in their Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300) if an employee has a confirmed illness that is work-related that results in death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid, or loss of consciousness. In the case of COVID-19, it would involve a confirmed case as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC’s current criterion for diagnosis is at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Ongoing community transmission makes determining work-relatedness difficult for most employers. However, employers in correctional facilities; emergency response organizations, such as emergency medical, firefighting, and law enforcement services; and the healthcare industry must continue to make work-relatedness determinations.

OSHA will not enforce regulations requiring other employers to make the same work-relatedness determinations, except where:

• There is objective evidence that a COVID-19 case may be work-related, such as a number of cases developing among workers who work closely together without an alternative explanation; and

• The evidence of work-relatedness was reasonably available to the employer, such as information given to the employer by employees and information an employer learns regarding its employees’ health and safety in the ordinary course of managing its business and employees.

OSHA said the policy will help employers focus their efforts on implementing good hygiene practices in their workplaces to mitigate COVID-19’s effects while there is widespread community transmission rather than on making difficult work-relatedness decisions.

The agency last month issued guidance on preparing workplaces for the COVID-19 pandemic. Steps that OSHA recommends include:

• Developing a plan for infection prevention and response and staying informed about recommendations from federal, state, local, tribal, and/or territorial public health authorities;

• Developing policies and procedures for promptly identifying and isolating sick employees;

• Cross-training employees so operations can continue in the event other employees are absent due to the coronavirus infection, as well as preparing for supply chain disruptions;

• Taking steps to reduce employee exposures, such as allowing employees to telecommute, delivering services remotely, downsizing operations, staggering work shifts, and ensuring employees practice social distancing;

• Encouraging employees to practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette and frequent and thorough hand-washing, and

• Routinely cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and equipment in the work environment with products approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


All employers must revise their respiratory protection programs (RPPs) to include the circumstances under which the PPE is contaminated and not available for "extended use or reuse."

OSHA's newest interim guidance issued on April 3 concerns all American workers exposed to respiratory hazards along with healthcare personnel (HCP) on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The memo follows a March 11 memorandum that allows healthcare employers to temporarily switch from a quantitative fit testing method to a qualitative testing method to preserve the integrity of N95 respirators.

"Due to the impact on workplace conditions caused by limited supplies of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs), all employers should reassess their engineering controls, work practices, and administrative controls to identify any changes they can make to decrease the need for N95 respirators," the memorandum states.

Hospital systems across the country have expressed the dire need for personal protective equipment (PPE) since the initial outbreak healthcare providers saw a drastic rise in the number of patients.

Some companies have converted their manufacturing plants to produce face masks, while others have set out to improve mask decontamination methods.

Retailers such as Home Depot that sell N95 respirators have cut off sales to the public to ensure frontline workers receive supplies first.

Federal, state and local agencies also have focused efforts on PPE hoarding schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Extending and Reusing

In accordance with the temporary guidance, OSHA is permitting extended use or reuse of respirators as long as the PPE "maintains structural and functional integrity and the filter material is not physically damaged, soiled, or contaminated (e.g., with blood, oil, paint)."

All employers must revise their respiratory protection programs (RPPs) to include the circumstances under which the respirator is contaminated and not available for "extended use or reuse."

Because of contact transmission hazards, OSHA recommends extended use over reuse due to the risk of donning/doffing. Employers also need to be cognizant of how workers are storing FFRs between periods of reuse.

The memorandum recommends increasing the use of wet methods or portable local exhaust systems or even moving tasks outdoors. Non-essential operations could also be suspended for the duration of the pandemic.


Dubai: Following the launch of a new movement permit for Dubai, Dubai Media Office announced that police would remove all violations of the newly announced restrictions on movement detected by radars - this is limited to violations from the time of announcement of new restrictions on Saturday to the time of permit launch on Sunday.

The new permit facility was launched on Sunday for residents who wish to leave their home for work (in exempt vital sectors only) and for residents stepping out for essential shopping of grocery and medicines. On Saturday, Dubai had announced a 24-hour restriction on movement following the extension of the sterilisation drive for two weeks.

However, Dubai Media Office later updated the rules and said: "However,with regard to the exempt sectors and their employees,registration is not required,but they must obtain a letter from the employer stating their movement to&from work.The paper has to be presented if stopped by authorities. It can also be used to waive violations by radar."

Dubai Media Office also tweeted: "Dubai Police cancels the violations that were monitored by radars for violators of the restrictive movement restriction decision, from the announcement of the decision at 8 pm on April 4 until the permits site was activated. Everyone must obtain permission to avoid exposure to violations, and [undertake] legal accountability."

The media office added in a later tweet: "For motorists passing through Dubai to other emirates, radars will not be activated for violating the restrictions, provided that they use inter-emirates roads (e.g. Mohammed bin Zayed road and Emirates road) and do not stop in Dubai."


WHO and UNICEF today announced an agreement to work together on COVID-19 response, through the historic COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund powered by the United Nations Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation.

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund has been set up to facilitate an unprecedented global response by supporting the WHO Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. As part of the agreement, an initial portion of the money from the Fund – which currently stands at more than $127 million – will flow to UNICEF for its work with vulnerable children and communities all over the world.

“COVID-19 is an unprecedented pandemic requiring extraordinary global solidarity to urgently respond,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “I’m pleased that UNICEF joined the Solidarity Response Fund. With their extensive experience both in fundraising and in implementing programmes, this partnership will help us to work together closely to save lives.”

The money collected through the fund will be used, among others, to train and equip communities and health-care workers to prevent, detect and treat COVID-19. It will help countries expand their health-care capacity and mitigate its social impact, especially on women, children and vulnerable social groups. And it will accelerate research and development of treatments and preventive vaccines.

As a key partner in this joined-up effort, UNICEF will lead emergency efforts to ensure families and communities in the most vulnerable countries are fully engaged in the response and have access to water, sanitation and hygiene and other infection prevention and control measures. UNICEF will also ensure children, caretakers, and frontline responders such as social workers, teachers and healthcare workers are supported through evidence-based guidance through its vast community outreach and country programs.

“This is an extraordinary emergency that demands an extraordinary response, and we need all-hands on deck—individuals, corporations, foundations, governments and other organizations around the world,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “UNICEF is pleased to join the Solidarity Response Fund. It will bolster our efforts to strengthen health and sanitation systems and help protect the most vulnerable families from knock-on impacts of COVID-19 on already overstretched health systems.”

Funds raised will be spent in alignment with the global response plan, and where needs are greatest. At the direction of WHO leadership, it is expected that resources will go directly toward:

  • WHO, for its work to track the spread of the virus, assess gaps and needs, equip frontline health workers with personal protective equipment, ensure lab and testing tools are available in countries around the world, and keep communities and frontline responders informed with the latest technical guidance.

  • UNICEF, to ensure children and families around the world are equipped with all the evidence-based information and latest WHO guidance as well as locally relevant information to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19; to support vulnerable countries by providing access to water, sanitation and hygiene, and basic infection prevention and control measures; and to provide access to care for vulnerable families and children.

  • CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, a key partner leading the financing for research and development for novel vaccines to combat COVID-19, working closely with WHO.

  • The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund was set up at WHO’s request by the UN Foundation and Swiss Philanthropy Foundation and launched three weeks ago. It is the only way for individuals and organizations to contribute directly to WHO’s global efforts to tackle the pandemic. To date the fund has $127 million raised or committed from more than 219,000 individuals from all over the world plus more than 90 global companies and organizations. The partnership is also a tremendous demonstration of solidarity across UN organizations in coordinating, partnering and supporting each other in dealing with the immediate and longer-term impact of the pandemic.

    “There has never been a more urgent need for global cooperation,” said Elizabeth Cousens, President & CEO of the UN Foundation. “The COVID-19 pandemic shows us that we all can play a part to stop the spread. The incredible generosity shown to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund from around the world will help WHO, UNICEF, CEPI and partners accelerate their lifesaving work, especially to support the most vulnerable communities and speed the development of a vaccine.”

    Notes to editors

    About UNICEF

    UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

    About WHO

    WHO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for health. It is an inter-governmental organization and works in collaboration with its Member States usually through the Ministries of Health. The World Health Organization is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Learn more at www.who.int.

    About the United Nations Foundation

    The UN Foundation brings together ideas, people, and resources to help the United Nations drive global progress and tackle urgent problems. Our hallmark is to collaborate for lasting change and innovate to address humanity’s greatest challenges. Learn more at www.unfoundation.org.


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