UAE construction firms required to hire Emirati health officers

A new ruling, which will come into effect next year, will make it mandatory for all construction firms in the United Arab Emiratesto employ an Emirati health and safety officer.

The ruling will be introduced form the starting of next year and will be imposed on all the construction firms that have over 500 employees in the country, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation Saqr bin Ghobash said, "We will stop granting companies with over 500 workers any further work permits if they don't hire at least one local occupational health and safety officer.The decision came following a strategic plan to promote employment opportunities for locals in the private sector and to implement Emiratisation, which is a priority for the leadership."

Ghobash also said that the ministry is aiming to Emiratise the occupational health and safety profession in the country after considering sectors involved in the construction industry and major industrial enterprises, where it would provide stable opportunities for Emirati job seekers. He also said that the ministry will closely monitor the implementation of the new directive