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Abu Dhabi's Gas Safety Committee issues requirements concerning safe use of gas cylinders at construction sites

His Excellency Eng. Khalid Nasser Al Menhali, executive director of the City Planning Sector. (Image source: Abu Dhabi Department of Energy)

Fire Safety

Abu Dhabi’s Gas Safety Committee, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), has issued a circular addressing the safe use of gas cylinders at construction sites, with a view to ensuring a safe working environment and reducing fire incidents

All contractors and suppliers must fully comply with the safety requirements contained in the circulars. Consultants are responsible for ensuring contractors adhere to these requirements. The committee will closely monitor compliance with safety standards.  

His Excellency Eng. Khalid Nasser Al Menhali, executive director of the City Planning Sector, highlighted the important role that contracting companies, consultants and developers play in adhering to the environmental, health and safety requirements at construction sites. Emphasising the mandatory nature of complying with circulars issued by the authorities, he stressed the positive outcomes for the emirate, companies and workers in the building and construction sector when these standards are applied.  

The Municipality urges consultants and developers to supervise contractors’ adherence to circulars issued and to educate workers in the building and construction sector about environmental, health and safety risks through awareness workshops, to reduce fire accidents. 

The DMT and strategic partners conduct proactive inspection campaigns to ensure compliance with circulars and specific laws by contractors, consultants and developers. 

The Gas Safety Committee, led by the Department of Energy (DoE), is responsible for reviewing and proposing gas-related requirements, security and safety standards, technical standards, and suggesting violations, fines and penalties for violators. The committee enforces compliance with licenses, permits, requirements and standards for gas activities and encourages the public to report any irregularities detected at any construction sites by calling the Abu Dhabi Government toll-free number 800555.

 

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