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ADEC launches EHS inspection programme

ADEC aims to ensure EHS at Abu Dhabi's 536 educational facilities

Khaled Al Ansari, school services division manager, ADEC
Khaled Al Ansari, school services division manager, ADEC

The Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) section at the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has started an EHS inspection programme and field training targeting public and private schools, kindergartens and nurseries.

According to WAM, the initiative is in line with ADEC’s strategies and policies to maintain students’ health and safety as well as to promote a healthy and safe educational environment, and achieve EHS management system requirements as approved by the Abu Dhabi EHS Centre.

ADEC’s school services division manager, Khaled Al Ansari, said that ADEC is keen to ensure that all school buildings, facilities and operations meet the highest health and safety standards.

"ADEC shall develop a clear vision, which focuses on providing school facilities with optimal learning environments through conducting regular check-ups and maintenance, establishing state-of the-art facilities, organizing regular EHS inspection visits to enhance awareness among school EHS committees and teach them how to deal with potential hazards, risks, conducting an evacuation drill for fire or other emergencies and creating an appropriate school environment to support the educational process," he said.

Besides aiming to ensure that EHS requirements are implemented throughout Abu Dhabi’s 536 public and private educational facilities, the inspection programme is also hoping to raise awareness, introduce applicable EHS standards, criteria, conditions and procedures, inspect and audit the implementation process, identify risks and classify them as low, medium or high.

The field inspection and training processes will be comprised of two phases. The first includes two work days in each facility, during which inspection and audit is carried out on the first day, while training programmes and awareness sessions are held on the second day.

The second phase includes fire evacuation drills and ensures the first-phase inspection and audit report recommendations are properly implemented.

 

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