Abu Dhabi’s ADDED unveils new procedures for storage of hazardous materials

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) has directed commercial and industrial facilities in the emirate to license warehouses of hazardous materials away from their headquarters as branches.

According to the statement, the new instruction intends to support ADDED’s role in monitoring the movement of hazardous materials.

In collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Hazardous Materials Management Team (AD-HMMT), ADDED’s Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) has initiated new procedures on licensing branches to store materials for commercial and industrial activities, which require warehouses away from their headquarters or business locations.

As per the statement, “Special requirements were also introduced in line with criteria and stipulations of regulatory government entities.”

Mr. Sameh Abdulla Al Qubaisi, Director General of Economic Affairs at ADDED said that, “IDB targets 900 licenses practicing economic activities regulated by ADDED to achieve the objectives of AD-HMMT, which includes many government departments in Abu Dhabi.”

The Director General noted that the ADDED has issued a circular requesting all concerned commercial and industrial facilities to adopt the integrated system for the management of hazardous materials, which is an important element to monitor the movement of these materials in the economic sector.

“AD-HMMT, including representatives from IDB, has directed stakeholders regarding the system via direct contact with the concerned personnel in the industrial facility. It checked 345 industrial facilities to ensure adherence to ADDED’s circular on the integrated system of hazardous materials management,” Mr. Al Qubaisi further added.

Engineer Nabil Saleh Al-Awlaki, Director of Environment, Health, and Safety at IDB commented that, “The team at IDB has supported the registration of 341 industrial facilities in the integrated system of hazardous materials management and control. 100 visits were made to concerned industrial facilities to ensure adherence to health, preventive, and public safety requirements for all activities related to hazardous materials, including usage, transport, and storage.”

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