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New Fire safety Regulations for the UAE

The result of a campaign to target fire safety in industrial areas in the United Arabian Emirates was announced by Major General Al Matroushi during a conference at the Interior Ministry this week. As well as an online safety compliance system for companies across the UAE, starting early next year, there will now also be a uniform safety code which will be enforced from October 1st 2012.

The object of the online system is to link companies with civil defence departments across the country to correctly identify fire hazard controls, maintain fire equipment systems and adhere to auditing standards.

Major General Rashid Al Matroushi, acting commander in chief of the UAE Civil Defence was excited about the new systems. He said “The system will review critical records including fire drills, evidence to support inspections, documented results of tests performed on fire safety equipment, an evaluation of the fire safety plan and provide stake-holders with a comprehensive deficiency report and recommend remedial actions to achieve the new federal fire code requirements to be launched on October 1” He went on to say that businesses not adhering to the regulations could be facing fines of up to Dh50,000.

The initial campaign saw civil defence workers visiting over 31,000 buildings and establishments to gain statistical information, also spread preventative awareness, train employees in fire safety and correct violations which may have put public safety at risk.

It has been estimated that in 2011, 74 industrial fires occurred across the country. The major went onto say: “This first national campaign in the Gulf region and Arab world will help attract more investors to industrial areas committed to safety requirements. It will also improve the image of safety and awareness culture among individuals and the community as a whole which will positively be reflected in a remarkable reduction in both size and number of fire accidents and their losses at these areas.”

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