"In accordance with its desire to promote and encourage equal participation of women in its Field activities, and as a first step, ADCO launches a new standard coverall that reflects a blend of the modern professional woman without sacrificing or losing sight of religious and/or traditional values".
ADCO launches a new standard coverall to promote & encourage equal participation of women in its Field activities.
ADCO recently is experiencing an increase in the number of its female staff who are employed in engineering and technical disciplines and for whom site visits are essential for their career development.
One of the most critical issues facing technical discipline ladies visiting the fields has been wearing the standard company coverall. ADCO has always provided its employees with comprehensive safety equipment (including personal protection equipment), safety courses and procedures and safe system of work, to undertake routine and non-routine activities in a safe manner. However, the standard company coverall was not suitable for local ladies taking in to consideration the religious and traditional constrains.
ADCO has always endeavored to improve its HSE performance and protect its staff which is company's most valuable resource. To further this objective, as well as to remove any obstacles that will jeopardize the career development of females, a committee was assigned by the GM on 10th of October 2008, with the objective of looking into possibilities of developing a suitable wear for females to meet ADCO's safety requirements and at the same time be acceptable by the country's religious and cultural standards and in line with the UAE customs which we all respect and follow.
The committee reviewed the current coverall designs in the oil and gas industry and in other sister companies. A survey and field trial, to choose the most suitable coverall among different designs and options were also conducted. The committee then obtained the endorsement of Religious and Safety authorities and Management approval for the proposed design.
One of the most critical issues facing technical discipline ladies visiting the fields has been wearing the standard company coverall.
The survey was carried out in September 2008. The questionnaire was sent to 89 ladies who represent all ADCO technical discipline female staff with possible exposure to field visits. Fifty three responses were received electronically from different divisions bringing the response rate to 60%. The survey results revealed that most of participants selected two designs among the four offered (with 30% each) and 28% chose the black as their preferred color, followed by grey and brown (26% each) then the olive color (21%).
Based on the review and assessment carried out by the committee to propose ADCO PPE for female employees, the following has been identified as suitable PPE for ladies:
- Safety Helmet
- Safety boots
- Safety Clothing:
Coverall material should be at least 60% cotton.
Two pieces that should not be Tight-fitting or sheer and the upper piece of coverall to extend below the knee.
The coverall to be black in color with ADCO's logo in golden and blue colors printed on the left arm.
Headscarf to be 100% cotton and to be folded inside coverall.