The Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, announces the activation of a monitoring and self-evaluation program for the industrial facilities in Abu Dhabi, to encourage them to self-assess their processes with the help of technical specialists, thus making them self-sufficient. 

The program focuses on all the eligible industrial facilities that hold production licenses and meet the accurate technical standards to support the evaluation of situations, mistakes, damages and compliance objectively using scientific and practical methods. In addition to ensuring the integrity of the systems of those facilities and their compliance through an integrated cycle, the self-evaluation method works on correcting any limitations by submitting a report to the Bureau’s technical team for review and approval. 

H.E. Rashid Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the Department, stressed the importance of the program for the industrial facilities in Abu Dhabi in implementing the legislations and regulations pertinent to industrial licensing. The program will further assist the industrial facilities in being more aware of the environmental, health and safety standards, boosting industrial production and reducing the operational costs to promote the competitiveness and quality of its products.

H.E. Mohamed Munif Al Mansoori, the Executive Director of Industrial Development Bureau, stated that the Bureau’s technical team has set accurate technical standards for the selection of the industrial facilities that could join the program. The selection will depend on the industrial facility’s compliance with the technical and administrative requirements for the last three years. He also clarified that the standards-complying industrial facilities targeted by the program as a first phase include 20 industrial facilities: 18 facilities in Abu Dhabi and 2 facilities in Al Ain City. This, in turn, helps enhance the efforts of self-evaluation in terms of compliance with the requirements and the applicable systems and contributes to promoting transparency with the private sector.

He pointed out that an intensive training program was conducted for the concerned staff in the industrial facilities that meet the standards, as their responsibilities and duties were defined clearly by following up with the results of the monitoring processes and corrective actions. This ensures consistent accuracy in preparing technical reports in a manner that reflects the actual situation of the industrial facility, which then conducts the industrial evaluation by using the forms designed for this purpose independently.

Furthermore, within the monitoring and self-evaluation program for the industrial sector, the IDB has set, 6 key criteria including compliance with the terms and requirements of the industrial license, adoption of approved systems for occupational health and safety, and emergency systems, adherence to the use and update of the integrated systems for the management of hazardous materials. As well as to have a technical specialized cadre that enjoys sufficient technical experience within the Emirate, for not less than three years.