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Abu Dhabi unveils 'Safety in the Heat'

posted on 21/05/2009: 794 views



For the first time in the UAE, the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (Haad) with the support of the Ministry of Labour has launched a comprehensive "Safety in the Heat" programme to increase awareness about the health and safety of the workers in the capital.

The focus of the programme will be on the workers, who are exposed to high temperatures and humidity during the summer months.

"Heat-related illness is one of our most important occupational health problems in summer and also impacts safety causing a higher incidence of accidents and injuries among those affected by the heat," said Zaid D Al Siksek, Chief Executive of Haad.

The programme will support employers through offering a comprehensive package of educational and awareness materials. It will focus on the prevention of heat strokes by ensuring effective hydration, and introducing the Thermal Work Limit (TWL) as the recommended heat stress index. The TWL will assess working conditions and manage thermal risks.

The programme's materials have been developed based on a joint research by the UAE University in Al Ain and an Australian university sponsored by Haad.

The study was carried out in the UAE over the past two years with the collaboration of several local companies. The researchers documented environmental conditions in a variety of workplaces and the physiological responses of the workers in these conditions ensuring that the "Safety in the Heat" recommendations are applicable to workers in Abu Dhabi and the GCC. "We have a shared concern and responsibility to ensure the welfare of our workers," said Al Siksek. – Emirates Business 24|7

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