Abu Dhabi Official Visits ASSE to Discuss Expanding SH&E Offerings
DES PLAINES, IL (February 8, 2012) – The 100-year-old Des Plaines-based American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) welcomed the president of the Abu Dhabi Environmental Health and Safety Center (EHS Center) Mr. Abdulla Al Rumaithi to its offices on Oakton Street Monday and Tuesday for a series of meetings on how to expand their efforts to increase workplace safety in the Emirates.
Rumaithi, an ASSE member, in a presentation said he was honored to meet with the staff of the oldest safety society in the world. He said the Emirates had been working since 2006 to establish the Abu Dhabi EHS Center. “With ASSE’s help we hope to expand in increase work safety in our country,” Rumaithi said.
The letter of agreement signed with the Abu Dhabi EHS Center last June was part of ASSE’s 100th anniversary celebration. The agreement is aimed at continuing efforts to increase occupational safety and health worldwide and provides that both organizations will exchange information on issues related to enhancing work safety and increasing occupational safety, health and environmental professionals’ knowledge.
When the agreement was signed then ASSE President Dr. Darryl Hill, CSP, said, “ASSE is a global society. Our members work in all industries around the world. This is an important agreement as it helps us continue to teach others our knowledge of what works when it comes to protecting people, property and the environment. This is good for employees and employers as well as helping increase quality of life for all.”
Rumaithi said, “Through this agreement, the AD EHS Center will benefit from the expertise of the world’s oldest and one of the largest professional safety organizations.”
Areas of cooperation between ASSE and the AD EHS Center include the organization of seminars, workshops and conferences, the development of standards for the registration/evaluation of occupational safety and health specialists in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, contributing to the development of awareness programs for youth on occupational safety and health issues and participation in technical meetings organized by the ASSE.
The AD EHS Center was founded in 2010 following a decree from the Executive Council of the Abu Dhabi Emirate. The Center aims to ensure the implementation of Abu Dhabi Emirate Environment, Health and Safety Management System (AD EHSMS) through provision of an integrated regulatory framework for management of all issues related to occupational health and safety as well as environmental impacts resulting from working places, in addition to building capacities in the EHS field.
Founded in 1911, the 100-year-old Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society. Its more than 33,000 occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) professional members are committed to protecting people, property and the environment. For more information please go to www.asse.org/newsroom.