About Us

The Executive Council of Abu Dhabi Emirate issued a Decree approving the establishment of ‘Abu Dhabi Environment, Health and Safety Center” on 2nd February 2010. Abu Dhabi EHS Center aims to:

  • – Oversee and monitor the implementation Abu Dhabi Emirate Environment, Health and Safety Management System.
  • – Manage occupational Health and Safety Issues. – Provide and maintain a complete regulatory framework at Emirate level. – Drive integration of EHS Requirements within different sectors.
  • – Support the development of EHS capacity within the Emirate.
  • – Implement various projects related to the system.

Responsibilities of the Center:

• Following up the implementation of AD EHSMS and monitoring through inspection and auditing, if required.

• Overseeing all issues related to occupational health and safety.

• Coordination and cooperation with all sectors, government entities and semi government entities on issues relate to EHSMS.

• Review and approval of Sectors, Government Entities, and Semi Government Entities EHSMS according to AD EHSMS requirements.

• Set the necessary plans to update AD EHSMS for continual improvement.

• Report to the Executive Council on EHSMS performance.

• Develop and implement awareness programs and incentives to promote system implementation.

Major Activities:

Support System Development and Implementation:

• Provide a guidance document on development of EHSMS.

• Provide a guidance document on EHS organizational structures in entities.

• Provide a detailed gap analysis on submitted systems and granting final approval when the system meets requirements.

Raising Capacities and Awareness

• Provide training on EHSMS for Government Entities to facilitate system development and implementation.

• Participation in workshops organized by sectors to raise awareness in AD EHSMS requirements.

• Qualifying training institutes to provide training for EHS professionals and auditors on AD EHSMS after certification of AD EHSMS Training modules by an international body.

• Qualifying EHS officers in the Emirate to ensure compliance with system requirements.

• Issuance of a quarterly newsletter on EHS issues.

• Launch a three phase awareness campaign during 2010-2011 and set specific awareness programs at later stages.

Registration of EHS Consultants:

• Setting new criteria for registration of EHS consultants in coordination with EAD and implementing it in July 2010. This will ensure quality in performance of EHS Consultants.

• Registration of Auditors

• Setting criteria to register EHS auditors, since annual third party auditing is a requirement of the system.

EHS Electronic Database

• Establishment of an EHS database that will link the Center with all sectors and government entities to provide a complete database source on EHS incidents and EHSMS performance.

Conferences

• Preparation for an international EHS conference in Abu Dhabi every two years with the participation of several international organizations having best practices in the EHS field.

• Participation in regional and international conferences to exchange information.

International Cooperation:

• Coordination with international organizations for cooperation in relevant fields and exchange of experiences, this includes Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) and others.

Incentives:

• Establishment of an EHS Award as an incentive to all entities for the purpose of encouraging continuous improvement in system implementation.