Abu Dhabi raises workforce limit to 60% at trade facilities

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Abu Dhabi’s Economic Development Department (ADDED), has instructed owners and managers of commercial and industrial facilities in Abu Dhabi to increase their on-site workforce to 60 percent.

Rashed Abdul Karim Al Balooshi, Under-Secretary of ADDED, revealed that the new circular includes all the important measures and regulations that need to be followed based on the directives issued by the Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Committee, which took public health and the safety of employees in the private sector companies into consideration.

Al Balooshi pointed out that the instructions to be implemented by company owners and managers are focused on maintaining the safety and protection of employees. The instructions include;

  • Daily body temperature checks on employees
  • Remote work guidelines for employees suffering from chronic diseases and other precautionary and
  • Preventive measures for administrative, technical, operational, and logistics jobs.

The circular also calls on company owners and managers to not rely on employees with low health risks to secure health and safety in the workplace and to exclude healthy but unqualified persons.

The department also asserted the importance of directing employees and workers to use face masks and gloves during official working hours. In addition, it also emphasized the use of floor stickers to comply with applying social distancing norms as well as informing the Department of Health in case any of the employees show symptoms of high-temperature or fever. The circular also mentions the need to close and restrict places where crowds of five or more individuals can gather, noting the importance of periodic sterilization of surfaces that are exposed to frequent human contact.

The department has designated inspection teams to conduct regular field visits to ensure compliance and to impose penalties on those violating these procedures.