Dubai Municipality's Building Department has issued a safety code in English for best practices at construction sites that outlines general and specific safety procedures for all types of construction and demolition works and associated jobs.
The Arabic edition of the code has been available since July 2008 and now both language copies are available for sale at the Customer Service Centres of the municipality for a price of Dh100 each.
The issuance of this code, titled "Code of Construction Safety Practice" stems from the concern placed by the municipality for safety issues and the need to introduce future standards for the same.
The code includes a set of rules that will help construction firms adopt the best practices in ensuing safety at construction sites. It can be used as a reference for regulating the working conditions in construction projects for all employees.
The new safety manual forms part of the set of legislation currently being undertaken by Dubai Municipality with the objective of introducing a complete legal framework in line with the municipality's Strategic Plan 2007-2011. This will result in producing a set of most important legislation documents for the emirate.
"As we face unprecedented and difficult challenges in offering the best infrastructure for a world-class city like Dubai, the issuance of such a manual is all the more relevant.
"In designing this manual, many of the safety standards existing in the advanced and developing nations were referred to," said Essa Al Maidour, Assistant Director General of Municipality for Planning and Building Affairs.
Shedding light on the contents of the code, Al Maidour said the code includes a set of rules, which regulate construction projects in Dubai.
The code says consultant engineers and contractors are responsible for the overall safety of a construction project throughout the implementation period and thereafter according to the prevailing law.