Occupational health and safety is an administration set up in larger companies to prevent employees from being injured or contracting diseases in the course of their employment. This often becomes a necessity when the job at hand has a level of risk during work and thus, risk assessment can demonstrate a possible threshold limit value considering the pollutants or risks associated with the work. Construction companies, manufacturing industries, food processing industries, and other sectors where workers are exposed to toxins, injury, and possibly, death.
Starting 2017, construction companies in the emirates with more than 500 employees are required to have an official occupational health and safety officer from the Emirate. The decision which was made following a close look-up at the Emirates industrious sector – which is mostly private businesses. In the emirates, companies have the opportunity of getting ready market for laborers. Expatriates are continuously flowing onto the country to seek construction jobs and other manual labor work. Additionally, senior employees are at equal rate of risk during supervision and usual operations at their workplace.
The announcement of this new requirement was made by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. At the announcement was the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash. He affirmed that an important reason that has backed the implementation of this new requirement is actually to promote employment opportunities for Emiratis in the private sector. He said, “I personally believe in the adherence and commitment adapted by the employers towards our decisions, especially since regulations that emphasise on employing qualified citizens, is a national responsibility shared between the government and the private sector”.
Additionally, Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash added that if construction companies fail to adhere to this new rule and does not employ an official Emirate Occupational and Health and Safety officer to companies and contractors with more than 500 employees, then the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will not provide working permit for such companies and facilities.