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    HEALTH AND SAFETY ON UAE ‘MEGA’ PROJECTS

    Guide to achieving good H&S management on large UAE projects

     A paper has been prepared by Build Safe UAE outlining a practical methodology for achieving good health and safety standards on large construction projects within the United Arab Emirates.

    Middle East clients may not always have previous experience of large scale construction projects and for a significant percentage of the work force it may be their first time on a construction site.

    The low level of understanding of health and safety of those at greatest risk presents enormous challenges to directors, managers and supervisors of the organisations involved in the construction process.

    On large projects there may be over 60 significant contracting organisations and 30 to 40 consulting companies. The construction workforce could reach 45,000 personnel delivering over 10 million man hours of work per month at peak periods.

    Comment: This paper suggests a practical way forward and may assist those tendering for work in UAE. Build Safe UAE is raising the importance of construction safety in the region and clients are increasingly seeing H&S performance as a key element in defining project success.

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