Things you should know about AD – EHSMS / OSHMS
What is OSHAD?
In February 2010, Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Centre (OSHAD) was established to ensure the implementation of a comprehensive and integrated management system for occupational safety and health (OSH) and to oversee all OSH issues at Emirate level, to ensure reduction of incidents, injuries and illnesses and provision of safe and healthy workplaces. It was formally known as AD EHSMS.
Each entity shall undergo an annual third-party OSH MS Compliance audit that as a minimum meets the following criteria:
- Review of the entity’s approved OSH MS to ensure regulatory compliance to the OSHAD-SF, concerned SRA requirements and other Federal and Emirate OSH requirements; and
- A systematic examination to determine whether activities and related results conform to planned arrangements. The audit shall determine whether these arrangements are implemented effectively and are appropriate in achieving the entity’s objectives.
At Sector level, Sector Regulatory Authorities (SRAs), who are Government authorities or semi-government corporate bodies responsible for regulating the relevant sectors, monitor the implementation of OHSMS by entities within their sectors.
Sector Regulatory Authorities (SRAs) currently include the following:
- Department of Municipal Affairs (DMA): for Building and Construction Sector.
- Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (Zones Corp): For Industrial residence camps.
- Industrial Development Bureau(IDB)- for Manufacturing companies/ Industrial facilities.
- Department of Transport (DOT): for Transport Sector Companies working in the land of transport, maritime and surface transport.
- Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD): for Health Sector facilities.
- Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA): for Tourism Sector entities Hotels, hotel apartments, and other touristic and cultural facilities.
- Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA): Companies dealing with production, generation and distribution of water and electricity.
- Waste water (regulation & Supervision Bureau)- Abu Dhabi Sewerage Services Company and Consultants and Contractors working in the Wastewater Sector.
- Waste sector (Tadweer The Centre of Waste Management) – Companies deals with waste management.
- Abu Dhabi Education Council: for Education Sector entities like Schools, nurseries, Institutes, Colleges, and Universities, Technical and vocational institutes and other educational services.
- Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA): for Food Sector entities which work in food business operators and entities within the food sector.
- All organizations have to update current AD- EHSMS version 2.00 to OHSMS- SF Version 3.00 by 31st December 2016.
Difference between OSHAD and International Standards
OSHAD incorporates the key features of the relevant international EHS standards (ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001), and requirements of other standards such as quality standards (ISO 9001), and auditing standards (ISO 19011) and Risk Management Standards (ISO 31000), however, it differs in the following:
It is a mandatory system and not voluntary which is applicable to all the business activities operating in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain.
- It requires integration of Environment, Health, Safety and Risk components. OHS developed by entities according to Requirements of OSHAD . It has to be approved by the Sector Regulatory Authorities but does not require certification to international standards by a third party.
- It has to undergo auditing by an approved third party OSHSMS auditing agency on annual basis based on risk category.
- Entities having an approved OHS shall use AL ADAA (electronic application for the automatization and management of occupational safety and health (OSH) for periodical and annual reporting on OSH performance.
Already Certified by ISO Standards ?
OSHAD framework is not intended to replace relevant international standards, and in fact, entities that have implemented one or more of the three standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001) will have the foundations in place to ensure compliance with OSHAD Compliance framework. Please remember that it is mandatory requirement for all the business activity operating in the emirates of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain
Author: This article is written by Mr. Sunil Billawa (Lead Auditor for Abu Dhabi OSHMS , QMS, EMS & OHSAS, Lead Tutor). I would like to thank Mr. Sunil Billawa for his contribution on Buzzanalysis.com.
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