Dubai health body to roll out H&S rules

Improved health and safety (H&S) rules are to be introduced by the end of the year to protect workers employed within Dubai's construction industry, according to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Improved health and safety (H&S) rules are to be introduced by the end of the year to protect workers employed within Dubai's construction industry, according to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Last week, Qadhi Saeed Al-Murooshid, director general of the DHA, visited the Karama Medical Centre in Al Quoz.

The clinic is dedicated to looking after blue collar expatriate workers, many of whom are working on some of the largest construction projects in Dubai. He said: "As part of the DHA's strategic review of healthcare in Dubai, it is important that we appreciate the health needs of everyone working and living in Dubai."

He said that occupational health was of the highest priority and the Authority would, in the coming months, impose more rules and standards to protect all staff, from executives to unskilled workers.

Al-Murooshid agreed that even though some firms had been proactive in health and safety, Dubai's construction sites were still to become sufficiently safe.

DHA's reorganisation of Dubai's state healthcare sector will be undertaken in phases and will be complete by 2012. According to DHA, the new structure will ensure the provision of better healthcare services in the future.

The DHA has been empowered to set policy and strategy for the healthcare sector, and to assure the application of that health policy and strategy. It has responsibility for licensing and regulation, and has the authority to establish public-private partnerships with leading healthcare providers.

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