2017 Annual URS Conference in Bournemouth, UK

The conference was attended by partners from almost 30 URS offices worldwide.

The annual URS conference, which brings together partners from all URS offices worldwide, was held on 6th April 2017 at the URS Head Office in Bournemouth, United Kingdom (UK).

At the conference, there were various discussions held about future strategies for the group including offering of new certification schemes, products and services.

Among the various topics discussed at the conference were: –

  • Training on ISO 17021:2015 version
  • IATF 16949 Upgrade
  • AS 9100 Upgrade
  • SEDEX Audit Training

The conference concluded on a lighter note with all attendees treated to a game of bowling in a group which ended with a social gathering and dinner.

The group extended its thanks to all participants who came from around the world to make the event a success. The valuable feedback and inputs shared by all partners was constructive and helpful. These will be reviewed and implemented in the near future to help to make URS a more sustainable business, for both our clients and ourselves.

Health and Safety Training conducted for Sharjah Municipality

URS Middle East (URS-ME) conducted a three-day Health and Safety Training workshop for the Sharjah Municipality at their Tamayoz hall in Sharjah, UAE.

Our expert trainer, Mr. Ahmed-El-Nakib, delivered the training where the main focus of the session revolved around “Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S)”. This was done in line with the Sharjah Municipality’s commitment to encourage better health and safety practices at the workplace, where all stakeholders are encouraged to focus on health and safety as part of their daily routine thus ensuring adherence to set safety standards and regulations.

The Sharjah Municipality, which is a public service department of the government of Sharjah in the UAE, has been providing distinguished and comprehensive services with a focus on achieving the satisfaction and happiness of all its customers. They have been committed towards providing high quality services in a timely manner. This has helped them realize their vision of building a modern city with sustainable qualitative services.

Importance of Health and Safety training

In any large organization and workplace, there are plenty of risks and safety issues that arise due to the nature of the activities performed. Hence it is important to identify all stakeholders responsible for the implementation of health and safety at the workplace. These stakeholders are also accountable for meeting all legal obligations and safety regulations.

URS-ME Health and Safety training courses, conducted in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, has helped many organizations understand and realize that workplace safety is the responsibility of not just a few people but of ‘everyone’ in the organization. Moreover, by providing a thorough review of common hazards, as well as root causes of accidents and incidents, the course helps participants with using various tools to help them create, follow, and more importantly, implement the standards of health and safety at the workplace.

With the Health and Safety training, URS-ME has also helped organizations develop a positive workplace culture with a focus on health and safety. This is of paramount importance to organizations, especially those in industries where safety risks are high, and are looking to ensure business continuity. It also contributes towards making employees knowledgeable about health and safety practices and help the business avoid any distress or loss that potential accidents and ill health can cause. Lastly, it helps organization meet their legal obligations to protect the health and safety of its employees while also complying with local regulations.

Please visit our training section to find out more about URS Middle East specialized training courses that can help your organization.

Fleet Line Shipping awarded ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001 Certifications

URS Middle East has awarded ISO 14001:2004 and ISO 18001:2007 certifications to Fleet Line Shipping Services LLC, a Dubai based end-to-end logistics services provider. These certifications demonstrate the company’s commitment to reduce the environmental impact of its operations and promote a corporate culture of safety among its employees.

The company offers various end-to-end logistics services including cargo lashing, securing systems, industrial cargo packing, in-country logistics, in places like Iraq and CIS countries, some of which require special transportation solutions over uneven terrains. A lot of these operations attract multiple challenges from an environmental, health and safety perspective. In order to mitigate risk and overcome these challenges, it became pertinent for Fleet Line Shipping to establish a framework of systems and processes which complies with globally accepted standards for reducing environmental impact and promoting a culture of health and safety. URS Middle East was appointed to conduct the neccesary appraisals of its existing procedures, align them with global HSE standards and help achieve the certifications.

ISO 14001 is an international environmental standard that helps companies across various sectors make their day-to-day operations more sustainable and reduce environmental impact. This helps saves time, saves money and improves their brand reputation.

OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) is an international standard related to an organization’s health and safety system. The standard designates the framework for an organization identified with the health and safety of its employees. This enables it to maintain control and have knowledge of all relevant hazards resulting from day-to-day operations and improve its performance.

About Fleet Line Shipping

Fleet Line Shipping Services LLC is a fast growing, reliable end-to-end logistics service provider based in Dubai, UAE. Established over 10 years ago, it is a market leader in the UAE for Freight Forwarding, Break Bulk Liner Agency, Project Cargo Shipping, Securing and Lashing Cargo, Special Cargo, Out of Gauge (OOG) Cargo, Heavy Lift Cargo Handling, NVOCC operations, Break Bulk Cargo, Ro/Ro Cargo etc.

Sheraton Al Khalidiya awarded HACCP Certification

URS Middle East has awarded the Sheraton Al Khalidiya Hotel in Abu Dhabi with the HACCP Certification. The certification demonstrates the hotel’s commitment to food safety and its compliance with international standards for food safety and quality.

The hotel is host to a few restaurants, apart from providing in-room dining service, where it caters to the varied dining needs of its guests. This presents a unique challenge to its Food and Beverage department which is responsible for maintaining high quality in the food and drinks it prepares and for the safe storage and maintenance of food items on an on-going basis. All of these procedures are also required to be in strict compliance with local government regulations for food safety. URS Middle East was chosen to appraise its food safety procedures and certify it for the HACCP Certification.

Neelesh Sinha, Director at URS Middle East said, “It was a great honour for us to work with the team at Sheraton who exhibited a unique level of commitment and enthusiasm towards maintaining high safety standards in the food production and preparation process. We congratulate them on achieving this certification”.

With this certification, the hotel has demonstrated its commitment to foster a culture of quality and excellence among its staff and maintain the highest food safety standards of the industry while also monitoring the safety of their staff.

HACCP is a food safety management system where every step in the preparation, storage and distribution of food and raw materials are analyzed for chemical, microbiological, and physical hazards.

Getting HACCP certified for any F&B business not only enhances their competitiveness but also offers great business benefits because it helps the business establish an economical food safety system, in compliance with local government laws, which prevents cost overruns; augments production of high quality food as per industry safety standards; provides mentoring tips and ensures efficient and smooth teamwork.

About Sheraton Al Khalidiya

The Sheraton Al Khalidiya Hotel, Abu Dhabi brings the best of the UAE capital at your fingertips. If offers luxurious guest rooms and suites – ideal for all kinds of travellers. Conveniently located near the city’s business district, with great shopping and dining options, the spectacular Abu Dhabi Corniche. The hotel offers in-house dining options apart from in-room dining.

Star B2B Consulting awarded ISO 9001:2008 Certification

URS Middle East has awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification to Star B2B Consulting Services LLC, a management consultancy based in Dubai – UAE.

The company’s vision is to be a leader in providing spend management consulting services and business process outsourcing to help its clients achieve measurable savings and improve their business processes. In line with this objective, the company opted to pursue the ISO 9001 certification and appointed URS Middle East to certify it for the same.

“We congratulate all at Star B2B for achieving the ISO 9001:2008 certification. With this certification, the company has aligned itself with other certified organizations globally, improved its internal processes and has demonstrated its ability to consistently provide better quality of services to its customers”, said Neelesh Sinha, Director at URS Middle East.

Being an internationally recognized standard, ISO 9001:2008 has become the basis for creating a better focussed quality management system helping organizations improve their internal processes, integration and credibility worldwide. It has also improved satisfaction among customers and stakeholders, helped achieved cost savings and boosted employee productivity.

About Star B2B Consulting

Star B2B Consulting is a UAE based leading consulting and outsourcing company that specializes in providing Spend Management initiatives, Procurement Outsourcing and Project Implementation services.

Abu Dhabi Airports (Finance Department) awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification

The finance department of Abu Dhabi Airports was awarded the ISO 9001:2015 Certification by URS Middle East after a complete appraisal and auditing of its management system and internal processes.

The Abu Dhabi Airports’s corporate mission is to embrace a culture of quality and excellence thus raising its standard to international recognition. It is in line with this vision that its Finance Department decided to pursue the ISO 9001:2015 certification and appointed URS Middle East to evaluate and certify it for the same.

During the certification process, the team from URS Middle East worked closely with the client’s designated team to help evaluate its existing internal processes and management system. After successful appraisal and verification, the client was successfully awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification at a special award ceremony. While handing over the certificate, Neelesh Sinha, Director at URS Middle East said, “We congratulate the client and its entire team who worked diligently and together to achieve this certification for their organisation. Achieving this milestone demonstrates the organization’s commitment to pursue excellence in all of its activities”.

Being an internationally recognized standard, ISO 9001:2015 has become the basis for creating a better focussed quality management system helping organizations improve their internal processes, integration and credibility worldwide. It has also improved satisfaction among customers and stakeholders, helped achieved cost savings and boosted employee productivity.

About ADAC

Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) is a public company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi – UAE. Established in 2006 to spearhead the re-development of the Emirate’s aviation infrastructure, Abu Dhabi Airports plays an important role in the government of Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030.

Central Point Catering Services receives HACCP Certification

URS Middle East (URSME) has certified Central Point Catering Services LLC, Dubai, for its commitment to food safety with HACCP certification. The certification was awarded by URSME after an intensive audit of their current systems.

URS-ME Jojith Jose (right) presents the HACCP certificate to representative from Central Point CateringMr. Jojith Jose of URS-ME said, “It was a great honor working with Central Point LLC to assist them in achieving this prestigious certification. The team at Central Point has exhibited a unique level of commitment to strive for maintaining high safety standards while producing quality food.”

Having acquired this quality management certification system, Central Point Catering Services has certified and assured its customers of its commitment to offer quality food products and maintain the highest food safety standards of the industry. They have also demonstrated their commitment to monitor the safety of their team.

The Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) system addresses food safety. It examines and assesses the control of microbiological, chemical and physical hazards from raw material production, to consumption of the finished product, including manufacturing, procurement, handling and distribution.

Getting HACCP certified for any F&B business not only enhances their competitiveness but also offers great business benefits because it helps the business establish an economical food safety system, in compliance with local government laws, which prevents cost overruns; augments production of high quality food as per industry safety standards; provides mentoring tips and ensures efficient and smooth teamwork.

About Central Point

Central Point Catering Services is a Dubai based company committed to designing mouthwatering menus and striving for excellence through quality food and beverage services. Their dedicated team works solely towards meeting and surpassing clients’ expectations, which result in satisfactory feedback from their customers.

Department of Sharjah Municipality receives ISO 9001 certification.

URS Middle East (URSME) certified the Purchase and Contract Department of Sharjah Municipality with ISO 9001:2008 certification.

In a special ceremony held on 4 October 2015, the certification was presented to Mr. Abdulrahim Mohamed (Director of the Purchase Department) and his team, by Mr. Umar Ansari, Business Development Manager for URSME.

One of the main objectives of the Sharjah city municipality is to always be upgraded with the recent trends, and offer quality, administration and services.

Mr. Ansari said, “On behalf of my team at URSME, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Sharjah Municipality for achieving yet another milestone. It is our great honor to be part of your continuous success”. He also added, “We also look forward to future certifications of their other departments.”

Recently, the Human Resource Department of the Sharjah municipality was also certified by URSME for ISO 9001:2008 certification.

These certifications demonstrate that the Sharjah Municipality is committed to offering quality services and management to the citizens of Sharjah, and manage the purchase & control department operations efficiently and productively.

Umar Ansari, URSME handing over the certificate to Mr. Abdulrahim Mohamed (Director of Purchase Department) together with Mr. Riyad Abdalla Aylan (Director General of Organization Support), Mr. Salim Mohamed Al-Jarwan (Assistant of Director General for Organization Support), Mr. Mohamed Abdul Razaq Hassan (Head of Purchase Department) and Eng. Abeer Saeed Abu Zanjal (Head of Contract & Project Section) at the Sharjah Municipality.

URS ME certifies Best Western Premier Hotel, Deira for HACCP

URS Me certified Best Western Premier Hotel in Deira, Dubai for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP).

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SAIF Plus Q1-09, 056/C, SAIF Zone, P O Box 7871, Sharjah, UAE

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Office 107, Speedex Centre, Next to Best Western premier hotel, Salahuddin Road, Deira, Dubai

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Office 413, C2, West 25, Street 4, Baynunah Street, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Khaled Bin Al Waleed Street, Plot 44, Block 7, 7th Floor, Jawhara Tower, Sharq, Kuwait

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