The Strategy and Performance Development Department at Abu Dhabi Police concluded a series of training courses aimed at qualifying 24 of its departments for the Environmental - Health & Safety Standards OHSAS 18001 and ISO 14001. This initiative is in pursuance of the environment, health and occupational safety system project plan, which is part of the legislative framework for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The project focuses on spreading the environment, health and occupational safety culture and educating Abu Dhabi Police GHQ’s staff members on the importance of the environment and the need to comply with health and safety standards.

The project’s program includes qualifying and granting the two certificates to as many as 30 departments at the police general headquarters in the first phase of the initiative, which was launched in January 2013.

Major General Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi, Director General of Central Operations at the Abu Dhabi Police GHQ recently received at his office the Environmental Management Systems ISO 14001 certification and the OHSAS 18001 certification for Occupational Health and Safety management systems awarded to the Office of the Director General of Central Operations, the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Center and the Strategic Planning Section.

Colonel Faisal Sultan Al Shuaibi, Director of Strategy and Performance Development at Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters noted that implementing the environmental management system and the occupational health and safety management systems is in pursuance of the  Abu Dhabi Government’s requirements, which stipulate the need to implement environment, sustainability, occupational health and safety systems. “Implementing these standards also reflects the police responsibility and attention to environment and sustainability,” added Colonel Al Shuaibi.

He added: “According to the environment, occupational health and safety’s general policy, thee Abu Dhabi Police is fully committed to delivering its services in a safe and environmentally-responsible manner. It also strives to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees, customers, partners, agents and community members who may be affected by its activities; as well as to constantly improve the environmental impact of its operations.”

Moreover, Colonel Al Shuaibi noted that by implementing the environment, occupational health and safety’s general policy, Abu Dhabi Police endeavors to reduce the negative impacts of its operations on the environment. “It also strives to be a trendsetter in implementing the best sustainable environmental practices and carrying out its operations responsibility, consistent with its vision and in accordance with environment, occupational health and safety laws,” pointed out Colonel Al Shuaibi.

On the same note he highlighted that the goals of this policy focus on spreading the policy and objectives of the Abu Dhabi Police among all employees, clients, partners, customers and community members. It also aims at complying with the guiding principles on environment, health and safety in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as the management of environment, health and safety-related incidents and reporting them to competent authorities after checking them internally.  

In conclusion, he pointed out that the Strategy and Performance Development Department of Abu Dhabi Police identifies the measurable goals and objectives for the environment, occupational health and safety standards, in line with the Government’s targets. It also integrates the best methods to identify and reduce the risks in all aspects of environment, health and safety; establishes biodiversity conservation considerations; integrates environmental systems into the decision-making process and employees’ performance development with respect to the environment, occupational health and safety; and reports it in order to develop, strengthen and improve performance.

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