ASSE Helps Shape Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety Strategy

AbuDhabi_Pollock_smRepresentatives from ASSE met recently with Abu Dhabi Environment, Health and Safety Center officials in the United Arab Emirates to help them develop the country’s first occupational safety and health strategy, aimed at reducing work-related injuries and fatalities, and building a preventive safety culture. The meeting took place in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Occupational Health and Safety Forum: Building an OSH Culture, where ASSE President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, gave a keynote address.

“We have been working with Abu Dhabi officials for years on the importance of preventing workplace injuries and illnesses and are pleased that not only have they developed a strategy aimed at doing just this, but also opened its new EHS Center,” says Pollock.

The strategy aims to provide the Abu Dhabi EHS Center, sector regulatory authorities, government and private entities and other relevant stakeholders, with the direction for ensuring there is a sustained and substantial improvement in Abu Dhabi’s OSH performance over the next decade.

“The opening of the Abu Dhabi EHS Center represents years of collaboration with our Middle East members as ASSE continues to provide professional development programs and expertise in new areas in its ongoing effort to train others to help prevent injuries and illnesses,” Pollock says. “It was gratifying to see the results of all of this hard work.”