The Industrial Development Bureau IDB of the ADDED has adopted 85 Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems for the industrial establishments at the level of Abu Dhabi during 2018, marking an increase by 150% compared to the year 2017 in which 34 reports were reviewed and approved concerning Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems.
IDB has also nominated 186 industrial establishments at the level of Abu Dhabi to prepare and implement Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems over the past year, marking an increase by 89% compared to the year 2017 in which the number of nominated establishments totaled 98.
This was indicated in the report issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Department at the IDB for the year 2018 since the Bureau is deemed the regulatory authority for occupational safety and health in the industrial sector at the level of Abu Dhabi, as per the Executive Council Resolution No. 42 of 2009 in coordination with Abu Dhabi Centre for Occupational Safety and Health (OSHAD). The main task of the Bureau is to implement policies, plans and programs relating to the industrial sector, by establishing the environmental, legal and regulatory frameworks necessary for the creation of the industrial projects in the Emirate.
According to the report, IDB has received 129 Occupational Health and Safety Management System related documents over the past year (including preliminary and resubmitted documents), representing an increase of 148% compared to the year 2017 in which the number of documents received totaled 52.
The report showed that the Industrial Development Bureau reviewed 104 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems during the year 2018, representing an increase of 85% compared to the year 2017 in which 56 systems were reviewed.
Mr. Nabil Al Awlaki, Director of Occupational Health and Safety Department at the IDB stated that IDB convenes meetings with the industrial establishments individually on regular basis in order to inform them about specific regulatory requirements and provide support, advice and guidance concerning the development of Occupational Safety and Health Management System and its application in accordance with the best practices in the area of occupational safety and health, noting in this connection that overall visits conducted by IDB during the year 2018 totaled 708 compared to 478 visits in 2017 marking an increase by 48%.
Mr. Al Awlaki explained that the regulatory authority for occupational safety and health in the industrial sector undertakes an external audit of Occupational Safety and Health Management systems of the industrial establishments that adopt approved systems according to the general framework of Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Management System, where 89 audits have been undertaken during the year 2018 compared to 75 audits in 2017 marking an increase by 19%.
The IDB's report indicated that Occupational Health and Safety Department of the IDB undertakes assessment of compliance with occupational safety and health requirements for the new industrial establishments in order to raise their awareness about occupational safety and health. In 2018, a number of assessment of compliance with occupational safety and health requirements have been undertaken, most significantly the "risk ranking visits" which reached 661 assessments and visits marking an increase by 207% compared to the year 2017 during which 215 compliance assessments were conducted.
In this regard, Mr. Al Al Awlaki, Director of Occupational Health and Safety Department at the IDB indicated that IDB has coordinated with the industrial establishments to implement fire drill simulation exercises inside the facilities, where 321 emergency preparedness-training reports were received by IDB over the past year, marking an increase by 7% compared to the year 2017.
He pointed out that the IDB receives the industrial establishments external audit reports through a third party, indicating that 366 annual reports concerning the external audits of the systems of almost 229 industrial establishments were received and reviewed, representing an increase of 59% compared to the 2017 in which the IDB received 230 reports.
The IDB's 2018report stated that the Occupational Health and Safety Department at the IDB has organized 24 events including workshops, panel discussions and awareness-raising campaigns on occupational health and safety system for the industrial establishments at the level of Abu Dhabi, marking an increase of 200% compared to the year 2017 where 8 events were organized.
The report monitored a number of strategic projects relating to improving the performance of the industrial sector in the area of health, safety and environment (HSE) indicating that the IDB has launched a long-term strategic project aiming to ensure the industrial establishments compliance with the Abu Dhabi OSHA System requirements, besides building the capacities, enhancing knowledge and establishing the relevant culture at the level of the Emirate, in addition to providing all the establishments operating in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi with accurate up-to-date data concerning occupational safety and health. .
One of the operational projects mentioned in the IDB report, is the management of hazardous substances within the industrial sector in Abu Dhabi, with the aim of compiling a database of the industrial establishments operating in Abu Dhabi which produce, stockpile and use hazardous chemicals.
In this regard, the report stated that 124 facilities have been classified as high-risk facilities and 37 industries have been classified as medium-risk industries during the year 2018. Geographical mapping have been undertaken for all high and medium-risk industries in order to strengthen the planning and control of HSE-related emergencies..
Furthermore, the IDB report mentioned the project of identification and management of the industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) according to Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's program concerning the reduction of future GHG emissions by the year 2021, whereas IDB has identified the objectives to contribute to fulfill 2021 plan intended to reduce the level of GHG emissions of the facilities operating within the industrial sector at the level of Abu Dhabi.
The project aims at reviewing and estimating the potential GHG emissions of priority industries, and determining the required level of reduction through the development of a database of all the industries causing GHG emissions, either by industrial processes emissions or by the use of fuel to implement different industrial processes including its utilization in transportation sector.
The Industrial Development Bureau is working to deliver "Occupational Noise Management Project" within the industrial sector to identify the sources of occupational noise inside certain establishments and assess health consequences of such noise, in addition to specifying the actions to be taken by the industrial establishments to protect the workers against the risks of occupational noise in the workplace. It is worth noting that 507 industrial establishments have been visited at the level of the Emirate as part of noise observation campaign.