Abu Dhabi to develop environment and health & safety laws

By Chris Sleight24 March 2009

Construction workers in Abu Dhabi

Construction workers in Abu Dhabi

The municipality of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, UAE has announced plans to develop an environment and health & safety management systems for the building and construction sector. It has launched a call for tenders among consultants in the field to submit proposals for an initial three-year project in the city.

Commenting on the initiative, H.E. Awad Bin Hassom Al Darmaki, who heads the initiative for the city said, " By the year 2012 we envisage a fully regulated and implemented world-class environmental, health and safety system to be set up and fully operational." He continued, "This initiative aims to preserve the well-being of our people at large and to create a safer workplace for the construction workers employed within this advancing market."

The city has identified four key aims with the project - the reduction of waste and emissions in the industry, ensuring safer working environments, providing a healthier environment for its residents and making developments sustainable and more environmentally friendly.

The city has already completed a ‘gap analysis' and is now looking for external consultants to help with the second phase - development and implementation of the strategy. Due to start in August, the three year scheme will entail the development of regulations, recruitment of department staff, establishing a training division and awareness initiatives.

Consultants can download tender documents at www.am.ae/hse

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