ASSE Helps Build Work Safety Culture in Abu Dhabi

ASSE officials attended a summit in Abu Dhabi to assist in the advancement of occupational health and safety.

International partners are turning to the American Society of Safety Engineers for insight on safety in the workplace. The Abu Dhabi Environment Health and Safety Center met with ASSE officials in the United Arab Emirates to discuss development for the country’s first Occupational Safety and Health Strategy.

As part of the Abu Dhabi Occupational Health and Safety Forum: Building an OSH Culture summit, ASSE officials discussed ways to provide direction for the future of safety, including work related injuries and fatalities.

In fact, Richard Pollock, ASSE President, gave the keynote address at the forum.

“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,” Pollock said, on the ASSE website. “I took the opportunity in my keynote speech to talk about how over the past 100 years, ASSE and the occupational safety, health and environmental profession and programs have evolved and led to success when it comes to protecting people, property and the environment.”

According to the Abu Dhabi Environment Health and Safety Center, or EHS, the country’s top workplace injuries are “1) falls from height/falling objects/injuries; 2) heat-related illness; 3) working with electricity/electrocution; 4) occupational driving injuries/fatalities; and, 5) occupational noise induced hearing loss,” similar to injuries faced by U.S. employees.

For more information on the forum, visit the ASSE website.

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