Dubai to conduct camp inspections

Drive to improve accommodation standards in the emirate could see labour camp permits being freezed.

Members of the fledgling committee to oversee health and environmental affairs in labour camps visit temporary worker accommodation in Dubai.
Members of the fledgling committee to oversee health and environmental affairs in labour camps visit temporary worker accommodation in Dubai.

Dubai Municipality will follow up on changes that were ordered last month to improve temporary labour accommodation in the city.

In December, it was announced that permits for temporary labour accommodation would not be renewed unless strict health and environment regulations were met by contractors. The decision was taken following a number of surprise visits to temporary labour accommodation sites in the city.

Speaking to Construction Week, Salem bin Mesmar, director of the Public Health Department at DM and member of the newly formed committee to follow up health and environment affairs of labourers in Dubai, said: “We are planning to follow up on the temporary labour accommodation in the city once the Eid break is over.�

 

Dubai Municipality normally issues permits for temporary labour accommodation at worksites in order to facilitate completion of projects on time. These permits are issued for six months and are renewable for similar periods according to the duration of the project.

“During recent visits, we realised that some temporary labour accommodation does not meet the set standards. Therefore, it has been decided to freeze all permits unless companies that built them improve health and environment conditions,� said Mesmar.

He added that the municipality grants licenses for temporary housing in construction sites with strict requirements concerning the sleeping quarters, dining facilities, drinking water, toilet, waste removal, pest control and first aid.

“The committee will undertake future surprise visits to assess the situation of different labour accommodation sites within the emirate. This operation aims to guarantee that all labour accommodation complies with health and safety regulations, and to prosecute companies whose accommodation is found to be non-compliant.�

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