Abu Dhabi Airports Promote Heat Safety in Working Environment

Abu Dhabi Airports has begun its heat stress campaign advising staff and contractors on how to cope with extreme weather conditions over the summer. The annual campaign will continue over the months between May and September, in line with the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety & Health Centre (OSHAD)’ Code of Practice 11.0, on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during the hot summer months.

The company is holding lectures in Arabic, English, Urdu and Hindi at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport and Al Bateen Executive Airport, and displaying multi lingual posters and dehydration awareness charts, to equip workers with all the information they need to be able to understand and recognize heat related issues and safeguard against them.

The sessions highlight the importance of workers taking more breaks in extreme humidity, drinking water frequently, monitoring their own physical condition and that of their co-workers, and wearing light-colored, loose-fitting and breathable clothing in fabrics such as cotton. Safety bulletins on mandatory health & safety requirements are also being issued to all participants, along with sun hats, water bottles, neck cooling bandanas, sweat bands and protective arm sleeves.

Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Abu Dhabi Airports is deeply committed to ensuring that employees are protected while on the job by following high standards in safety compliance. This annual heat stress campaign is fundamental to one of Abu Dhabi Airports’ objectives “to be a leader in workplace safety”. We continuously re-calibrate our health and safety best practices to maintain a secure and hazard free work environment under all environmental conditions, and to maintain the status of being a world-class airport operator.”

In coordination with the Environment, Health & Safety team at Abu Dhabi Airports, the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies (GACS), the company’s training arm, is also training selected staff and contractors to deliver these important heat awareness sessions themselves, so that they can enforce the message and carry out best practices to control heat stress amongst their respective team members.

The heat stress campaign was initially launched in May 2012 in line with the Abu Dhabi EHSMS regulatory framework, the ‘Working in Heat Codes of Practice’, and Abu Dhabi Airports’ internal policies and procedures.



New heat stress measure (TWL) to guide safety on worksites in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: A recently introduced heat stress measure will be used more widely across the emirate of Abu Dhabi this summer, senior health officials announced in the capital.

The measure, known as the Thermal Work Limit (TWL), gauges factors that affect the human body's ability to cool down, and guides the protection of workers in high temperatures and harsh working conditions, said Darren Joubert, senior officer for occupational health, safety and environment at the Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD).

"Calculating and managing work according to the TWL is now required by the emirate's Environment, Health and Safety Management System (EHSMS). The HAAD has also developed an online tool that enables TWL measurement," Joubert told Gulf News.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a conference to launch the HAAD's 'Safety in Heat' programme, which seeks to create awareness about the risks of heat for all outdoor workers in the emirate. It also provides guidelines and educational materials to aid heat safety and protection.

Joubert explained that the TWL measure, which yields a single number, combines factors like air temperature, evaporation rate, radiant heat and wind speed. The lower the number, the harsher the working environment.

"Each of these factors in the TWL affects how quickly the human body can cool down by sweat evaporation. For example, if the humidity is high, the evaporation rate falls, thus lowering the TWL," he said.

Depending on the TWL, there is a recommended schedule for work, rest and hydration. At a TWL below 115 for instance, the conditions are deemed harsh, and workers must drink 1.2 litres of water per hour. Light work can continue for 45 minutes, with 15 minutes of rest, while heavy work must only be undertaken for 20 minutes, with 40 minutes of rest.

In 2012, the TWL was first incorporated into the EHSMS, which is managed by the Abu Dhabi Environment, Health and Safety Centre. This year, these EHSMS guidelines have been updated, and sector regulatory authorities will implement them across 10 sectors in the emirate, including transport, construction, manufacturing, agriculture, education, waste management, energy, tourism and health.

"Few people understood how to measure the TWL when it was introduced, and even fewer had the instruments to measure it," Joubert said.
An online tool by the HAAD now allows personnel to enter the required parameters to get an estimate of the TWL. They can also purchase instruments from a few companies, and information about these is available at the HAAD.

HAAD officials also announced at the conference that no heat-related deaths or fatal injuries had been recorded in Abu Dhabi in 2012.

"We do not, however, know which companies need to improve their working in heat practices. A HAAD system introduced earlier this year does require all health-care facilities to report injuries, and we will soon gain a better idea of this. Based on the information, the HAAD will direct companies on how to improve their working practices," Joubert said.

Currently, nearly 1,859 companies are registered in the HAAD's Safety in Heat programme, which was introduced in 2009. Its guidelines have reached more than 21,000 worksites in the emirate, and nearly three million workers have been educated about how to protect themselves from heat exhaustion and stress.

The HAAD also received feedback from a number of companies about the benefits of the programme. Real estate developer Aldar Properties recorded a 79.5 per cent decrease in heat-related treatment and emergency cases since the initiative was implemented. The Arabian Construction Company also reported a 50 per cent decrease in cases of heat-related illness that required hospital treatment.

Source: Gulf News



Abu Dhabi Municipality Heat Stress Awareness Workshop

Scarlet participated in Heat Stress Campaign 2013 with Abu Dhabi City Municipality

This year we have been engaged in Abu Dhabi City Municipality's Heat Stress Awareness Campaign and participated in the Heat Stress Workshop in May 2013. We demonstrated how TWL-1S Heat Stress Detector can assist the site managers to comply with new regulation effectively and efficiently, and many participants invited us to their project sites for live demos.

Over 400 HSE officers and managers attended the workshop. In his speech, the Abu Dhabi Municipality EHS Inspection Team Leader, Mr. Ibrahim Khalid, emphasized that mitigating practice, such as proper hydration, supplement of electrolytes and frequent short rests, must be taken to prevent serious heat illness at worksites with high heat conditions.

Mr. Darren Joubert from Health Authority Abu Dhabi elaborated the importance of heat stress management and the law that companies should follow, particularly the Code of Practice (EHS RI-CoP 11.0 – Safety in the Heat) published by Abu Dhabi EHSMS in April 2013. In the code of practice, it states "Employers that have employees working in high temperature environments shall develop a worksite specific heat stress program that includes a process for assessing environmental conditions utilizing the Thermal Work Limit (TWL) to determine work/rest breaks and water consumption requirements for employees."

Mr. Brent Choate from ODEBRECHT shared his practical experience of heat stress management in the field, provided a thumb of rule to quickly check the symptoms of dehydration and heat illness and urged the audience to implement measures that are required by the new regulation.



Etihad Rail Project Visit

The Shah-Habshan-Ruwais Railway Project is a 264km-long rail-line that will begin at the Shah gas fields in the south of UAE to connect with the gas distribution and processing facilities at the port of Ruwais in the north. The rail line will be initially used to transport freight and later passenger services. Etihad Rail was established in June 2009 under Federal Law no. 2, with a mandate to manage the development, construction and operation of the UAE's national freight and passenger railway network.

The railway network will be built in phases to link the principal centres of population and industry of the UAE, as well as to form a vital part of the planned GCC railway network linking the six countries of the GCC: The Kingdom of Bahrain, The State of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Built to international standards, Etihad Rail's state-of-the-art network will act as a catalyst for economic growth and sustained social development. Once complete, the railway will redefine logistics and transport in the region; thus providing a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable network which will connect the UAE and its regions to its neighbouring GCC countries.

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