NBB Commits to Occupational Health & Safety with ISO 45001:2018 Certification

The National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) has partnered with HA Consultancies, one of the leading consultancies and training service providers in the Kingdom of Bahrain, in its efforts to obtain the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety Management certification. The bank is taking active steps to provide employees with a healthy and safe working environment, as the certification will target the wellbeing of various stakeholders within the bank, including its workforce, and prioritise their health and safety in accordance with international best practices.

Following the establishment of the Bank’s sustainability roadmap, and as part of its pillar of ‘Nurturing Our Workforce’, NBB continues to emphasise the importance of ensuring that its employees’ safety needs are met. Through its endeavours to obtain the ISO 45001 standard, the Bank strengthens its commitment to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices into both its workplace and core business operations.

As the first bank in the Kingdom to engage with a consultant in order to attain the ISO 45001:2018, NBB has made significant strides to ensure that all of its employees, customers, contractors and visitors are protected. The Bank has established a health and safety policy, procedures, and framework, and has worked towards preventing any work-related injuries and illnesses. Moreover, NBB demonstrates a commitment towards creating a healthier and happier workplace with lower employee absences and turnover rates.

Commenting on the occasion, NBB Group Head - Property, Procurement & Administration, Haitham Seyadi said: “Honouring its promise towards providing employees with a safe and healthy working environment, and as part of our goal towards nurturing our employees, NBB has taken significant strides to obtain the ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety certification, in the aim of integrating it within the Bank’s key framework. As part of our commitment towards our employees, NBB continuously keeps its staff up to date with the latest safety and well-being guidelines, conducting frequent health and safety webinars to increase staff awareness, and circulating monthly suggestions to increase productivity and boost morale.”

Reem Aldoseri, Group Head of Property & Sustainability Officer at NBB, added: “NBB strives towards creating a sustainable future, mitigating any work-related risks to establish trust between the Bank and its stakeholders. This initiative is in line with our ongoing sustainability roadmap which seeks to enhance occupational practices and apply the best standards in international practices.”

On his end, Ammar Jameel, Senior Quality & Business Consultant at HA Consultancies, said: “ISO 45001:2018 specifies requirements for an occupational health and safety management system to be utilised by organisations, enabling them to provide safe and healthy workplaces. This standard helps mitigating risks and reducing any work-related injuries and illnesses and gives businesses the guidance they need to ensure their workplace is protected. We are proud to be partnering with NBB as they continue to implement safe practices across their work environment.”

Implementing the ISO 45001:2018 certification is in line with the Bank’s commitment to promote a safe and secure working environment in accordance with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal; ‘Decent Work and Economic Growth’. NBB additionally celebrates annual health & well-being occasions, such as World Health Day, World Mental Health Day and World Day for Health & Safety at Work, to encourage its employees and spread awareness across the organisation.