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Fire evacuation drill held at Bank Muscat head office

MUSCAT, 21 February 2016 – 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 involving over 1400 bank and retail outlet employees. The evacuation from the building was carried out in less than 5 minutes.

Significant coordination and preparations were in place to ensure that the exercise was a success. The bank conducts fire drills at regular intervals to test fire evacuation preparedness as part of its commitment to the safety of customers, employees and suppliers.

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 eventualities 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 employees, 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.