Emirati construction HSE officer mandatory in 2017

The UAE's labour authority said all construction facilities employing a workforce of over 500 must employ at least one national as OHSE officer starting next year

The UAE's labour authority said construction facilities employing a workforce of over 500 must employ a national OHSE officer starting 2017 as part of the country's Emiratisation programme. [Representational image]
The UAE's labour authority said construction facilities employing a workforce of over 500 must employ a national OHSE officer starting 2017 as part of the country's Emiratisation programme. [Representational image]

The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced that all construction facilities employing a workforce of over 500 must appoint at least one local occupational health and safety (OHSE) officer, starting 2017.

Facilities that do not comply with these mandatory requirements will not be granted work permits until one national is employed as OHSE officer. 

Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, the UAE's Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said the decision to implement this requirement followed a "strategic plan to promote employment opportunities for locals in the private sector" and support Emiratisation.

"The ministry aims to Emiratise the occupational health and safety profession following careful consideration of the sectors involved in the construction industry and major industrial enterprises, where the possibilities were found to provide attractive and stable opportunities for Emirati job seekers," he continued. 

Ghobash said that the Ministry will closely follow-up the implementation of the new directives across targeted facilities.

"I personally believe in the adherence and commitment of employers of the decisions, especially since such a decree emphasises on employing qualified citizens.

"It is a joint and shared national responsibility between the government and the private sector," he added, according to WAM.

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