President HH Sheikh Khalifa forms Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre
One of the new entity's responsibilities will be to collect evidence and data related to workplace injuries and incidents
President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in his capacity as the Ruler of Abu Dhabi, has issued a law to establish the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre (ADPHC), an independent legal entity that is responsible for – among other functions – "collecting evidence and data related to serious workplace injuries and accidents".
ADPHC’s establishment with full legal capacity to practice its activities is aimed at preserving the health of residents in Abu Dhabi, and guaranteeing the safety of all workers in the UAE capital.
As explained by the UAE’s state news agency, Wam, ADPHC will work in liaison with concerned authorities to determine the causes of workplace incidents and reduce risks.
The authority, which follows Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DHDA), will also deliver services such as registering DHDA-licensed service providers and specialists in the fields of public and preventive health; reviewing and approving systems followed by entities in Abu Dhabi; conduct surveys and develop data regarding public and preventive health; and create, implement, and develop programmes and activities in the field.
As Wam’s official report explained, ADPHC’s programmes will also cover workers’ health protection, disease prevention, and rehabilitation.
Worker welfare is a priority in the UAE, where health and safety across all industries is a critical component of doing business.
This May, the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the country’s top authority for labour management, launched the ‘Labour Saving Program’, or Tharaa – in collaboration with National Bonds Corp, a sharia’a-compliant saving and investment company – as part of the Ministry of Happiness’s National Happiness and Positivity Program on Labour Day, which is celebrated around the world on 1 May.