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“Safety in the Heat Program” Takes Place in Abu Dhabi

Abu DhabiA senior official revealed that the torturous sun, heat and equally affect Construction workers, whether laborers or site managers. He explained that like other Middle Eastern countries, outdoor workers in the , are exposed to huge during the summer when the temperature rises to more than 45 degrees Celsius and humidity exceeds 90 %. “Safety in the Heat Program” is a program launched by the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi () to decrease cases of heat-related illness. This program offers educational material to help employers, managers and supervisors in addressing control measures in workplaces where workers are exposed to excessive heat in summer.

3,017 cases of heat-related illness are officially announced in Abu Dhabi in 2010. Some doctors said “Heat-related injuries are as dangerous and deadly as any other injury. But they are preventable with precautions”. A HAAD official mentioned “Training and awareness are key components in preventing such a danger. From 500 cases on Saadiyat Island the number dropped down to nine with awareness and prevention”. Evaporation of sweat is a self-mechanism in the body to cool down and to get rid of heat. Sometimes the body can not do this mechanism especially in extreme heat, high humidity, or vigorous physical exertion under the sun, so that the body temperature rises. Losing fluids and overheating on the other hand may cause a rash and put one’s health and safety at risk. Heat illness maybe resulted also by dehydration.

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