Abu Dhabi safety regulations lead the way
Municipality's EHSMS brings it closer to zero incidents target
Chances of implementing the Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS) across the Emirates are high, according to Abdul Aziz Zurub, EHS division manager of the environment, health and safety division at the Abu Dhabi Municipality.
“I hope for a unified regulation,” he said. “And I heard that it could be proposed to be implemented for all of the UAE. It is our hope, because what we achieved in Abu Dhabi is very important to implement to all of the Emirates.”
Zurub believes that Abu Dhabi’s EHSMS is leading the way in terms of safety on construction sites, as it is of higher standards than any safety code in the Middle East.
In 2012, the number of construction related incidents on site reached more than 130. The latest figures for 2013 showed that the number of accidents was reduced to 96.
“It is obvious that incidents were reduced because the safety culture increased for contractors and consultants,” Zurub explained.
The EHSMS code for building and construction sectors was introduced in 2010 in Abu Dhabi, and since then has set a zero incidents target for 2015.