The theme of the two-day forum was ‘Realising the UAE’s Vision 2021 safety goals’, and focused on the proposed regulations for Safe Public and Fair Judiciary under the UAE Vision 2021, designed to make UAE one of the safest countries in the world. The forum, now in its third year, addressed the implementation of important government regulations and current HSE challenges, as well as providing a platform for the presentation of the latest solutions, providing attendees with a rich networking and learning experience.
Our keynote speakers and panellists included Eng. Raed Mohammed Al-Marzooqi, Head of Occupational Health and Safety from Dubai Municipality, Eng. Redha H. Salman, Director, Health and Safety Department from Dubai Municipality, Dr. Mohammad Aref, OSH Expert from Ministry Of Human Resources & Emiratisation, Ibrahim Khalid Ahmed Mohamed, EHS Auditor from Abu Dhabi
City Municipality and Mohammed Farid Ahmad, HSE Manager from Dubai Creative Clusters Authority (DCCA).
Day 1 speakers discussed various preventive and protective measures for critical issues such as emergency preparedness and response, unforeseen hazards etc. along with presentations of tried and tested solutions to overcome fire safety challenges.
Day 2 hosted senior representatives of government authorities in a panel discussion and keynote presentations giving prominence to what stakeholders should look out for, challenges in implementing safety standards and regulations, and safety leadership and management. There was a strong focus on government initiatives to raise standards and improve the competence of HSE officers in the construction sector.
Mock investigation process
A highlight of the event was a first-of-its-kind live mock investigation process led by lawyers Alan Henderson and Samantha Ellaby from Clyde & Co International Law Firm, which stimulated much discussion and debate. The session focused on the criminal investigation process following a workplace injury or fatality. Two different scenarios were discussed to explain the legal perspective and the consequences of being poorly prepared for the criminal investigation process, which can lead to liability being attributed in circumstances where it should not and where it could potentially have been avoided.