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Bank Muscat conducts fire evacuation drill at head office

MUSCAT, 1 January 2014 – Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, as part of its Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) exercise, successfully conducted a fire evacuation drill at the head office. The exercise involved the evacuation of over 1400 staff and retail outlet employees in less than 5 minutes.

Significant coordination and preparation were made to ensure that the exercise, which lasted 30 minutes, was a success. Safety of customers, employees and suppliers has always been a priority for bank muscat, which conducts drills to test its fire evacuation preparedness.

Featuring intelligent design, practical in all aspects, the bank’s purpose-built headquarters incorporates the latest technology and architectural features, meeting the key requisites in terms of functionality, security and BCP requirements.

The BCP looks at ways and means to equip the bank deal with a variety of crises that may come its way, providing the right set of tools and response mechanisms, as also identifying key procedures that will help protect the organisation during a crisis, reduce downtime and provide minimal disruptions in the normal delivery of products and services. The BCP process involves continuous review and upgrading to keep pace with the dynamic and ever changing business environment that the bank operates in.

Bank Muscat is committed to providing an accident-free work place by developing safety management systems that ensure the health and safety of staff, customers and members of the general public. The aim is to protect people by introducing management systems and best practices exceeding legal compliance to ensure workplace risks are dealt with sensibly and responsibly