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Abu Dhabi Airports launches summer awareness drive

ABU DHABI, June 28, 2015

Abu Dhabi Airports has launched its ‘Beat the Heat’ awareness campaign which aims at presenting a comprehensive set of informative guidelines and training sessions on how to safely manage the high temperatures expected during summer.

The annual campaign, spread over four months from June to September, includes training sessions held at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Ain International Airport and Al Bateen Executive Airport to train employees working outdoors on how to work safely in extreme hot weather conditions.

The intensive campaign is being delivered by the Gulf Centre for Aviation Studies (GCAS), the training arm for Abu Dhabi Airports,

Specific materials have been developed in English, Arabic, Urdu, and Hindi, and distributed via a range of channels. This will enable supervisors and workers to understand the risks associated with heat stress, to be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of heat related illnesses, and to take the necessary precautions and control measures to prevent any incidents. Heat relieving gears were also distributed to all participants.

In coordination with Environment, Health & Safety team at Abu Dhabi Airports, GCAS also delivered Train-the-Trainer sessions for potential instructors in different departments of services and contractors to further deliver teaching segments and awareness activities for other participants.  The sessions also covered best practices to control heat stress during Ramadan at construction sites. Safety bulletins on mandatory health and safety requirements were issued to all project contractors.

Ahmad Al Haddabi, chief operations officer of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “The multifaceted campaign demonstrates Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to providing a healthy and safe workplace for employees, suppliers and subcontractors. Our human capital is our greatest asset and we will continue to put their health and wellbeing first by ensuring we operate in line with optimum safety and security standards.”

As part of the campaign, employees are urged to follow their training in controlling heat stress through taking more breaks in extreme heat and humidity, drinking water frequently at approximately one cup every 15-30 minutes to avoid dehydration, monitoring their physical condition and that of their co-workers, and wearing light-coloured, loose-fitting, breathable clothing. – TradeArabia News Service

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