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Abu Dhabi Government is committed to protect the health and safety of all workers and to improve the performance of workplaces to the best and highest levels in this area, in order to contribute to preventing and minimizing incidents and injuries and occupational illnesses.

Development and implementation of occupational safety and health (OSH) standards was initiated in Abu Dhabi Emirate by end of 2006, under the directions of Abu Dhabi Government, to address the risks arising from various activities and to manage all aspects related to occupational health and safety at workplaces.

The first version of these standards and requirements was launched in 2008 (V1.0), and was followed by another updated version in 2009 (V1.2) and 2012 (V2.0). The latest version of Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health System Framework (OSHAD SF) was issued in July 2016.

OSHAD SF is a management tool that integrates Occupational Health and Safety management components of a business into one coherent system. The integration of these components allows the business to achieve its objectives efficiently by managing the impacts of various activities and minimizing workplace risks.

OSHAD SF is based on international standards relevant to occupational safety and health but is a standalone system and has many distinctive features, including:

  • Improve performance in the management aspects of occupational health and safety.
  • Enhance communication and consultation between workers and employers.
  • Achieve effective partnerships between the public and private sectors.
  • Build and raise capacity in aspects of occupational health and safety.

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