The Industrial Development Office of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi approved 9 new high-risk industrial facilities in the occupational safety and health system during the first quarter of 2020 in accordance with the occupational safety and health standards in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, bringing the total of approved high-risk establishments to 467 industrial establishments at the level of the emirate. .
This came in the report of the Environment, Health and Safety Department of the Industrial Development Bureau for the first quarter of 2020, which monitors the application of the requirements of the general framework of the Abu Dhabi system for occupational safety and health and the nomination of industrial establishments with the aim of developing the occupational safety and health management system within the industrial sector in the emirate, and the department also assesses occupational risks of industrial facilities And the completion of technical reviews of their occupational safety and health system, and issuance of certificates in this regard.
The report indicated that during the first quarter of this year, 61 reports of serious occupational accidents within the industrial sector were received by the Environment, Health and Safety Department, and the Industrial Development Office carried out 205 field visits to assess the performance of the industrial sector 137 within the framework of the office’s role in industrial control. Industrial facilities in accordance with industrial licensing requirements and occupational safety and health standards. The report said that 127 technical documents were reviewed to obtain environmental permits to support new investors, which is one of the main requirements for obtaining an industrial license. From his side, His Excellency Muhammad Munif Al Mansouri, Executive Director of the Industrial Development Bureau, said that within the framework of practicing the role of industrial control in the industrial sector and following up on industrial establishments that have approved systems for occupational safety and health, the Environmental Health and Safety Department in the office conducts audits of industrial establishments that have approved systems In addition to industrial control visits, whether periodic or related to the movement of the industrial license, and receiving and reviewing external audit reports from industrial establishments.
The administration recently issued a report in this regard indicating that during the first quarter of this year it received and reviewed 47 annual external audit reports from the concerned industrial establishments, to ensure that these reports are subject to the high technical standards required to ensure the implementation of the OSH system and work on development and improvement. Continuous.
His Excellency Muhammad Munif Al Mansouri stated that in order to enhance awareness of environment, health and safety in the industrial sector, meetings were organized with representatives of industrial establishments to clarify the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Management System, which were defined by the Environment, Health and Safety Department of the Industrial Development Office. In this regard, the report monitored 137 services for providing technical advice related to its technical progress related to industrial licensing requirements, occupational safety and health, in addition to evaluating 204 reports in response to emergency situations to be reviewed by the office and assessed their compatibility with standards. The office also held a series of awareness seminars that were from Including a symposium on preparing for emergency situations and preventive measures to avoid dangerous accidents resulting from the use of lifting equipment, with the presence of more than 105 people. The report of the Industrial Development Office for the first quarter dealt with a number of initiatives implemented by the Environmental Health and Safety Department in the office, the most important of which is the launch of a guideline for a business continuity plan that targets industrial facilities within the framework of the relentless efforts made by various government agencies to address the spread of the new Corona virus, Covid 19, as this guide contributes In directing industrial establishments to develop and implement business continuity plans in order to reduce disruption to the flow of operations to a minimum and to ensure the implementation and practice of business in light of the spread of this virus.
The Executive Director of the Industry Development Bureau added ... that the Business Continuity Guidelines explains for industrial establishments how to take the necessary practical steps and ensure appropriate preparation for the continuity of activities, which includes human resources management, operations, job tasks, as well as supply chain procedures, customer service, internal and external communication processes. It helps reduce health risks to employees and workers in industrial facilities and thus reduce the risk of transmission and spread of the virus within the workplace assessment.
The report reviewed a number of projects that the Environment, Health and Safety Department at the Industrial Development Office are working to accomplish, such as a project to improve the performance levels of the industrial sector in the field of occupational safety and health, which aims to enhance the efficiency of human cadres in the industrial sector within the framework of the environment, health and safety and raise awareness in the sector Industrial and automating technical data and information through an electronic system in order to save and update occupational health and safety data for the industrial sector accurately and effectively. The report referred to the basic industries project that contribute to achieving industrial security, which aims to identify the basic industries that contribute to achieving self-sufficiency by studying and analyzing current strategies for drug, food, and energy security, in addition to analyzing the gap related to providing sufficient basic industries to cover local needs. For the emirate and a time of crisis. The project also dealt with developing and implementing the requirements of the Estidama program for the industrial sector and preparing a guide for the industrial sector on the requirements for compliance with sustainability standards, in addition to setting up a mechanism to follow up on the industrial sector’s commitment to these requirements related to reducing energy and water consumption, reusing industrial waste in the production process, in addition to improving the environmental footprint.
According to the report, there are programs in which the Environment, Health and Safety Department of the Industrial Development Bureau participates with other government agencies during the first quarter of this year, including the implementation of the marine water regulation in cooperation with the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi, where a workshop of legislative response reports was organized between the two sides to be reviewed, which will discuss and evaluate Outputs of the marine water regulation and discussion of the requirements for implementing the executive regulations regarding marine water quality, in addition to preparing a joint guidebook between the two parties in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council to establish a mechanism for collecting samples of liquid discharges into the marine environment. The joint programs and projects undertaken by the administration include ... the Hassantak project, which was implemented in cooperation with the General Administration of Civil Defense, which focuses on installing a smart alarm system, Hisnatak, in industrial facilities and linking this with insurance incentives that ensure savings of up to 2,020 percent of fire insurance costs. They are provided through packages offered by insurance companies.
According to the report, the administration is working in cooperation with the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi to count greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial sector. During the last months of January and February, data on greenhouse gases were collected and analyzed for 230 industrial establishments. The department also monitors the procedures for electronic linking between the industrial licensing system and the control system for the movement of hazardous materials in cooperation with the Environment Agency in Abu Dhabi, with the aim of tracking the movement and quantity of hazardous materials that are used or produced in industrial facilities in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.