Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) was awarded Environment Management System ISO 14001 and Health and Safety Management System OHSAS 18001 Certificates, following the successful testing for all measures, initiatives, policies and regulations it follows to ensure a sustainable working environment with high health and security standards.
Receiving the two awards from Mr. Basem Obeid, the Regional Director for Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, HE Mohammed Omar Abdulla, the Undersecretary of DED, highlighted the Department’s commitment to creating a safe and sustainable work environment for both employees and customers that follows regulations of health, safety and environment (HSE).
“The DED, through its general policy for health, safety and environment (HSE) has succeeded in implementing and developing HSE systems whilst working with partners and related parties to monitor and promote those systems through setting constant development goals and internal and external monitoring procedures”, he said.
“Winning those two important awards brings further responsibility for DED to raise more awareness of employees and partners on health and environment related issues. DED succeeded in 2010, through the implementing our HSE policy team’s work plan, in reducing energy consumption by 5% compared to 2009. Paper consumption was 10% reduced and HSE training plan was completed”, HE added.
Mr. Basem Obeid praised the role of DED to gain the certificates by implementing several vital initiatives that allowed it a leading-edge amongst other government entities in the HSE.
“A key standards for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certificates is sustainability. DED has focused on developing a sustainable economy in Abu Dhabi during last year, especially in the last 8 months which saw it projects and initiatives in line with this trend that aims to achieve a sustainable HSE policy for employees and customers alike”, he explained.
“When testing DED’s procedures, it was clear how successful HSE system management standards have been implemented, with focus on less environmental impacts while providing a healthy work environment free from hazards. His was achieved by analyzing activities, operations and products and defining and measuring any negative impacts to be controlled”, he added.
Within the last 8 months, DED commenced a work plan to implement HSE system requirements. Activities included workshops for employees to drive awareness to this system such as paperless work. Other initiatives covered periodic publications to define the employees’ role in paper reduce, reuse, and recycle, how to make computers more suitable for work, as well as physical exercises for office workers.
DED actively participated in various HSE-related events and activities last years, such as “Clean up UAE”, “Walk the UAE”, “Fight Diabetes”, participating in “Blood Donation Day”, and the “Earth Day UAE” where lights on offices and corridors were switched off before leaving. Other events included “Environment Day” and National prevention programme against heart diseases.
Besides, DED singed a MoU with Environment Friends Group and opened communications channels for cooperation with Abu Dhabi Civil Defense to boost safety and security measures adopted at DED’s premises as well as conducting training courses on how to deal with emergencies.