Abu Dhabi, January 17, 2024 – The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (ADQCC) approved the professional requirements for workers in the building and construction sector in Abu Dhabi during the meeting of the Standard Technical Committee for Abu Dhabi Technical Standards in the fourth quarter of 2023.
Chaired by H.E. Eng. Bader Khamis Alshemaili, Executive Director of Conformity & Standards Services and Chairman of the Permanent Technical Committee, the meeting was attended by representatives from relevant authorities in both the government and private sectors. The committee comprises 37 members representing 25 government entities.
These professional requirements were developed in accordance with the best international practices and standards, following a request submitted by the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Al Ain City Municipality. The development process involved a working group that included experts from relevant government entities and representatives from private sector companies. The requirements encompass various crucial aspects designed to elevate safety standards and ensure the quality of work in the building and construction sector. The ultimate goal is to reduce accidents at building and construction sites. Abu Dhabi's professional requirements for workers in this sector play a significant role in enhancing workers' awareness, ensuring their competence, and promoting public safety awareness while also preparing them to respond effectively to emergency situations.
H.E. Eng. Bader Khamis Alshemaili confirmed that the outcomes of the Permanent Technical Committee's work align with ADQCC's efforts to realize its vision of enhancing the quality infrastructure and facilitating the Emirate of Abu Dhabi to excel on a global scale. He emphasized that ADQCC collaborates with partners from both the government and private sectors to develop technical and professional standards across various industries. The Council is dedicated to ensuring quality and conformity in all activities and sectors, including the building and construction industry.
For his part, Eng. Mohamed Salem Al Shamsi, Director of the Environment, Health, and Safety Department at the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Al Ain City Municipality, highlighted the goal behind developing these requirements. The aim is to ensure the competency of workers at all levels, enabling them to safely carry out diverse activities within the building and construction sector. This initiative is crucial for preserving lives and fostering a culture of professional safety and health, particularly in one of the key sectors in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Notably, Abu Dhabi's professional requirements for scaffolding workers and heavy equipment operators have been established to serve this purpose. These requirements also play a significant role in bolstering the economic growth of the building and construction sector in Abu Dhabi. By implementing these standards, construction companies can mitigate both direct and indirect costs associated with occupational safety and health accidents.
These professional requirements were developed in accordance with local laws and international standards to formulate regulations that consider economic, social, and environmental dimensions. They are based on the results of inspections and audits conducted by the Department of Municipalities and Transport, Al Ain City Municipality, for all building and construction sites.