|What is AD EHSMS?|
|Abu Dhabi Emirate Environment, Health and Safety Management System (AD EHSMS) was developed as per the directions of Abu Dhabi Government to manage environment, health and safety issues through the use of a framework that assists entities, in both private and government sector, to identify, control and reduce workplace risks and the impacts of their business activities, on the environment, human health and the safety of workers and the community.|
|When did the development of AD EHSMS start?|
|After the issuance of Abu Dhabi Emirate EHS Policy in December 2006, coordination and consultation was initiated with all concerned parties which resulted in the formation of the EHS Higher Committee in June 2007. The Committee, which is chaired by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD) with members from relevant local and federal authorities, supervised the development of Abu Dhabi Emirate EHSMS.|
|Who has to implement an EHSMS?|
| Initially, as per the recommendations of the EHS Higher Committee, there were seven major sectors targeted to implement the system, these include: Building and Construction, Transport, Industry, Energy, Health, Tourism, and Waste Sectors. Education Sector and Food Sector will be included in 2011 and further Sectors will be included in future as the system is implemented throughout the Emirate.|
Private entities within each sector are officially notified when they are required to develop and implement an EHSMS by the Sector Regulatory Authority of that sector, and they are then included under the list of nominated entities.
In addition, all government entities are required to implement an EHSMS as per the directions of the Executive Council.
|What is Decree No. (42) of 2009?|
| Decree No. (42) of 2009 concerning AD EHSMS was issued by H.H The Crown Prince, Chairman of the Executive Council on 16th June 2009.|
This Decree aims to implement the Environment, Health and Safety Management System in the Emirate through provision of a unified tool at Emirate level to facilitate implementation of legislations relevant to environment, health and safety and for protection of human health and safety and the environment and conservation of natural resources. It clearly specifies the roles and responsibilities of the EHS Higher Committee, the Competent Authority and the Sector Regulatory Authorities in the Emirate.
|Who is overseeing and monitoring the implementation of AD EHSMS?|
| Abu Dhabi EHS Center which was established by the Executive Council on 2nd February 2010 is responsible for overseeing and monitoring the implementation of AD EHSMS in the Emirate. Abu Dhabi EHS Center is the Competent Authority for AD EHSMS.|
At Sector level, Sector Regulatory Authorities (SRAs), who are Government authorities or semi-government corporate bodies responsible for regulating the relevant sectors, monitor the implementation of EHSMS by entities within their sectors.
|Who are the Sector Regulatory Authorities?|
| Sector Regulatory Authorities (SRAs) currently include the following:|
– Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA): for Building and Construction Sector.
– Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp): for Industrial Sector
– Department of Transport (DOT): for Transport Sector
– Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD): for Health Sector
– Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA): for Tourism Sector
– Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA): for Energy Sector
– Center for Waste Management-Abu Dhabi (CWM): for Waste Sector
SRAs to be included in 2011:
– Abu Dhabi Education Council: for Education Sector
– Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority: for Food Sector
|What is the difference between AD EHSMS and International Standards?|
| AD EHSMS incorporates the key features of the relevant international EHS standards (ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001), and requirements of other standards such as quality standards (ISO 9001), and auditing standards (ISO 1901) and Risk Management Standards (ISO 31000), however, it differs in the following:|
It is a mandatory system and not voluntary.
• It requires integration of Environment, Health, Safety and Risk components.
• EHSMS developed by entities according to AD EHSMS has to be approved by the Sector Regulatory Authorities (private sector entities) or the Competent Authority (Government and Semi Government entities) but does not require certification to international standards by a third party.
• It has to undergo auditing by a third party (Registered Auditors) on annual basis.
• Entities having an approved EHSMS have to report on quarterly basis to the relevant authority (SRA or CA).
|If an entity achieved a certification for ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001, what can the entity do to gain approval for its system?|
|The entity’s system needs to be reviewed and updated so that it meets AD EHSMS minimum requirements and any sector specific requirements (if your entity is nominated within a specific sector).|
|Does an entity need a consultant to develop its system?|
|An entity needs a consultant if it does not have the required resources to develop its system. The EHS Consultant should be registered within the ECO List issued by the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi according to the new EHS Fields of Work, including EHSMS Development and Implementation, developed by AD EHS Center.|
|What does the AD EHSMS mean for Private Business and Government Departments?|
| Improve working places through development and implementation an appropriate EHSMS to manage Environment, Health and Safety risks and impacts resulting from their activities. This includes the ongoing compliance to EHS Incident and Performance Reporting requirements.|
Implementation of EHSMS has several benefits, including:
• Safer and Healthier Workplaces due to less workplace injuries and illnesses and consequently less working hours lost.
• Improved Business Efficiency.
• Reduced corporate risks and liabilities.
|What does it mean for Workers/Employees?|
| An effective EHS management system that includes setting procedures to improve the health and safety of workers/employees and reduce environmental risks by increasing efficiency in addressing related issues such as waste management, pollution reduction, etc.|
The EHSMS focuses on increased worker/employee participation and consultation in EHS issues such as risk assessment and management. Increased training and competency are also required as part of the system.
|What does it mean for the General Community?|
| AD EHSMS is designed to encourage sustainable development while improving the lifestyle for inhabitants in the Emirate through safer, healthier workplaces with increased protection for the environment. AD EHSMS focuses on:|
– Providing safer and healthier workplaces for workers through identification and minimization of risks.
– Increased protection of the environment through prevention of pollution resulting from activities.
– Improved natural resource conservation through sustainable utilization of those resources.
– Increased efficiency in Waste management and recycling.