Abu Dhabi Airports (ADAC) has rolled out a campaign to promote health, safety, and environment (HSE) awareness as temperatures soar during the summer months.
ADAC's annual ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign has been launched in support of the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Centre’s (OSHAD) Code of Practice 11.0, and is aimed at increasing awareness of heat stress within ADAC’s staff and contractor teams.
The campaign also details measures to “safely cope with the extreme weather conditions expected during Ramadan and the succeeding months”.
Training sessions are being held in Arabic, English, Hindi, and Urdu languages across ADAC’s Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport, and Al Bateen Executive Airport until September.
These sessions cover measures to control heat stress, such as taking more breaks, frequently drinking water, and “wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting, and breathable clothing instead of non-breathing synthetic fabrics”.
Dehydration awareness charts are displayed in each workplace to provide safety bulletins that outline the “mandatory requirements and educational materials needed to recognise and remedy illnesses caused by high temperatures”.
Heat-relieving gear, such as sun hats, water bottles, and hand towels are also distributed throughout the programme, ADAC said.
Additionally, ADAC’s HSE team is coordinating with the Gulf Center for Aviation Studies (GCAS), the company’s training arm, to train a selected number of staff and contractors as potential health and safety instructors.
Commenting on the campaign, Abdul Majeed Al Khoori, acting chief executive officer of ADAC, said: “Since [the campaign’s] launch in 2012, we have continuously enhanced our heat stress campaign and guidelines to ensure that our staff are fully-prepared to adapt to the changing environmental conditions.”
ADAC is currently implementing the multi-billion dollar redevelopment and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport, with the programme expected to increase the facility's overall capacity.