Dubai World rolls out new safety regulations

Construction safety arm of Dubai World introduces measures to guard against fires on high-rise building sites.

NEWS, Facilities Management

The construction safety department of EHS - the environment, health and safety arm of Dubai World - has introduced new measures to guard against fire accidents, especially at high-rise construction sites.

The department has also warned that contractors violating the measures on all its construction sites would be fined.

Under the new procedure, it is mandatory for building contractors to obtain a Certificate of Conformity once the height of the building reaches 24m, and does not exceed 30m, before construction can start.

"The new fire safety requirement is the latest in a series of steps being taken by EHS to set the highest possible fire safety standards for Dubai World projects," said Mark Warrington, vice president, construction safety, EHS.

"EHS will use its enforcement powers to financially penalise those that delay or prolong compliance. This approach ensures that we get compliance with international standards without bringing work on high-rise buildings under Dubai World to a standstill."

In addition to the general safety requirements for work on heights, there is special emphasis on fire safety, including provisions for the appointment of fire marshals, efficient evacuation procedures, installation of a wet riser and fire doors, and stopping on the stair core.

In May this year, EHS issued new regulations on fire safety for under-construction buildings with compliance required by mid-June. The fire safety circular called for the installation of wet risers during construction, and the commissioning of a fire-fighting shaft with fire doors and fire stopping.

Contractors are also required to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to trigger fire alarms, and efficient evacuation of workers is ensured in case of a fire.

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