Black points for construction standard violators

Abu Dhabi set to introduce a rating system, comprising black points, to regulate construction firms which violate environment and safety standards

Black points will be awarded to construction firms violating safety and environment standards.
Black points will be awarded to construction firms violating safety and environment standards.

Abu Dhabi’s Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA) is preparing a list of regulations to monitor construction firms, especially those which violate and fail to meet environment and safety requirements with a ‘black points’ rating system.

Speaking to local daily Al Roeya, Abdulrahman Al Marzouki, director of environment, health and safety at Municipal Affairs Department said “the system is under preparation, (and) the department is coordinating with partners to mark the regulations”.

The absence of an environment and safety law to regulate construction and demolition operations has led to the creation of the new system, which is similar to the black points rule by the traffic department.

The rating system “depends on nine specific elements of work in the construction sector, according to Al Marzouki,” Emirates 24x7 reported.

DMA will focus on linking environmental requirements for building permits in three municipalities, Al Marzouki said. The black points system aims at reducing occupational accidents and ensuring workers’ safety, apart from helping improve reputation of companies, he added.

Inspectors at the department will prepare reports periodically to ensure firms abide by the rating system.

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