Health, Safety, Environment
The Department of Energy is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its employees, contractors, visitors, and members of the public and to minimise the impact of its activities on the environment. The DoE strives:
- To always consider the social, economic, and environmental impact of all its activities and to take action to mitigate any adverse effects;
- To regulate and supervise all HSE aspects of the water, wastewater, and electricity sector in a safe and sustainable way;
- To pursue the goal of no harm to people;
- To promote energy and water efficiency across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and beyond; and to promote a culture in the DoE in which all employees share these commitments.
- The DoE also aims to promote within the sector.
- A systematic approach to health, safety, and environmental (HSE) management in line with the Emirate-wide OSHMS initiatives.
HSE licencing requirements
For those looking to apply for an operating licence from the DoE, there are a number of HSE requirements that need to be met.
A site-specific HSE plan must be included in the licence application.
Currently this HSE plan should be aligned with the requirements of the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Centre Framework (OSHAD) – Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency (EAD):
CoP No. 53.1 below:
Although the title of this CoP is ‘EHS Construction Management Plan – Version 2.0’, the content requirements of this plan must apply to operations, as per the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Centre Framework (OSHAD) – Abu Dhabi Environmental Agency (EAD):
The most important aspect of the plan is to make sure that an accurate and up-to-date risk register and associated risk assessments are provided for the licenced site / operation.
Wastewater Sector Regulatory Authority (SRA)
The DoE has the role of Sector Regulatory Authority (SRA) for Wastewater under the Environment, Health, and Safety Management System Regulatory Framework (EHSMS RF).
An SRA is defined under Decree No. (42) of 2009 as the Relevant Authorities (Government or Semi-Government bodies) responsible for regulating the relevant sectors.
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Currently, the DoE has all the key wastewater operators in Abu Dhabi as nominated entities. A nominated entity is an entity that has been officially notified by a concerned SRA to comply with the requirements of the AD EHSMS RF to continue to operate in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi as per Decree No. (42) of 2009.
Through incident reporting, audits and inspections, and the ongoing monitoring of the Environmental Management Plans for licenced sites, the DoE has an active role in the protection of the environment in Abu Dhabi by setting up the required regulations to ensure that the sector is operating with a minimal impact on the environment.
Specifically, the Fuel Storage Tank Regulations (2009) were written to protect the environment from surface and groundwater pollution and any effects this may have on public health.
The performance of all of the DoE’s licensees is carefully monitored through quarterly data submissions, incident reporting, audits and inspections, and regular meetings.
The HSE data submitted quarterly by licensees include the number of man hours worked by the company and contractor personnel, the number and type of incidents that occurred, the consequences of those incidents, and the extent of the health and safety training that was provided during that quarter.
The DoE compiles the quarterly information and compares it with historic data with the view to identify trends in performance that could lead to the prevention of similar incidents. Licensees that achieve higher-than-average performance may have adopted unique systems or processes that could assist in prevention.
By sharing the compiled information with licensees and discussing the recent trends within the sector, the DoE is able to support continued improvements in health and safety conditions.
The DoE, in coordination with its licensees, is working towards the proactive monitoring of licensees’ health, safety, and environmental arrangements.
The DoE seeks to integrate sustainability into its decisions at the entity level by influencing stakeholders outside the Department. The DoE periodically launches initiatives that benefit the Emirate and the UAE comparable to international standards. Such initiatives include the Powerwise Office and the Waterwise Office.
The DoE supports sustainability in Abu Dhabi through:
- Offering incentives to stakeholders to encourage sustainable behaviours.
- Implementing a price control system.
- Promoting the best technologies.
- Encouraging extensive research.
- Promoting participation and consultation.
- Ensuring that the long-term visions are in line with economic and social interests.
- Ensuring the protection and support of weak categories.
- Checking, developing, and adding new information and results from research to the regulatory framework of the water, electricity, and wastewater services.
- Imposing, suitably and transparently, compliance obligations on entities.
- Ensuring that the concerned entities undertake their responsibilities.
- Monitoring and assessing the desired progress in all the operational stages.
- Ensuring that stakeholders realize the true value of water and electricity in order to reduce consumption.
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