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Construction Safety FAQs

Construction Safety FAQs​​

1. What do you mean by COC Procedure?

COC procedure means how to apply and obtain the Certificate of Conformity from EHS at various stages of the project.

2. Does the contractor need to apply for COC 1 and COC 2 if works are carried out below ground level (at a depth of more than 4 meters)?

Yes, all contractors have to apply for COC1 at the time of mobilization. If the project is only underground then contractor have to apply for COC2 also (if the workers are working at a height of 6 m or more). For those who have work in basements as well as above ground, they should apply COC2 once they reach G+2 level.

3. Where can I submit the COC form?

It can be downloaded from our website www.ehss.ae , filled up completely and can be submitted through e mail at ehs.construction@dubaiworld.ae along with required attachments. Refer ‘flow chart for obtaining COC1, 2 & 3’, available on our website.

4. What are the supporting documents required for submission of COC form?

Refer ‘procedures for obtaining COC1,2 &3’ and ‘flow chart for obtaining COC1, 2 &3’, both available on our website.

5. Once applied, what duration it takes for EHS to inspect and issue the COC certificate?

After getting the copy of payment receipt from the contractor EHS engineer will conduct the site inspection within 4 working days, excluding the date of submission of the receipt. If found fully satisfactory and complying with EHS requirements COC will be issued electronically within 2 working days, excluding the day of inspection.

6. What happens if there is a rejection of COC application upon inspection at site?

A rejection letter is sent to the contractors, cc’d to consultant within 2 working days after inspection, excluding the day of inspection. Contractor then have to rectify all the mentioned comments and re apply the COC within one week of receipt of the letter. He has to pay the fees again as this is inspection charges.

7. Is it mandatory to obtain NOCs for temporary offices in construction sites?

For plan area up to 200 sq m, it is not necessary to obtain the separate NOC for temporary site offices. For area more than 200 sq m contractor should get a separate NOC prior to applying for COC1. The copy of NOC should be available at site at the time of COC1 inspection. The comments in drawing review reports must also be complied with.

8. Once I receive the EHS “Field Inspection Report” what am I supposed to do? (Do I have to respond back?)

Even before receiving the EHS FIR report through e mail, contractors should start taking action on the non conformances discussed and noticed during the time of inspection. And after receiving the FIR contractor should close all comments within the time frame mentioned in the report. Unless EHS engineer asks for the close out report for any particular inspection you should not send the close out report. EHS engineer will check / verify all his comments in his next visit to your site.

9. Does EHS review and approve Contractor’s Project Health & Safety Plan/Method statements/Risk Assessments?

No, EHS will not review and approve the HSE plans etc. This will be done by consultants of the respective projects. However EHS will verify and see that all the approved copies with complete details are available at site.

10. Do I need to inform EHS and obtain approval/NOC for erection of tower crane at site?

No, however consultant approval, method statements and 3rd party test certificates are must for all tower cranes. Structural design approval of tower carne foundations must be obtained by CED before erecting.

11. In the event of a serious accident how can EHS be contacted?

In all sorts of accidents / incidents EHS engineers must be informed over phone. In case of serious accidents EHS control room (04-88 33 111) as well as EHS area engineer / area manager must be informed immediately. For all reportable accidents (list available in EHS regulations) contractor must complete the EHS accident / incident notification form (SCF-07a) available on our web site and fax the same to EHS CS office at 04-881 3105 within 24 hours of the accident.

12. What is the accident reporting procedure in sites under EHS jurisdiction?

In case of serious accidents EHS control room (04-88 33 111) as well as EHS area engineer / area manager must be informed immediately. For all reportable accidents (list available in EHS regulations) contractor must complete the EHS accident notification form (SCF-07a) available on the web site and fax the same to EHS CS office at 04-881 3105 within 24 hours of accident.

13. What is the procedure, if any contractor wishes to conduct an emergency mock drill?

They can do so as per their plan, however it is better to keep EHS - fire department informed prior to conduct any mock drill.

14. Does the contractor need to send CV of the Safety Advisor/officer to EHS for approval?

No, it should be approved by consultant and / or by project management team. If EHS engineer demands for the same it should be produced.

15. Does EHS conduct any Health & Safety training?

Currently only Safety Advisors Registration and Fire Fighting related trainings, but in future EHS plans for more trainings. The details will be made available on the EHS website.

16. Where can I find details about third party agencies/consultants approved by EHS for Scaffolding (more than 10 meters high) design /erection/inspection?

All 3rd party lists are available on EHS website. For scaffolding consultants EHS are in a process of short listing / approving. Separate list will be posted on the web site shortly.

17. What is the procedure for obtaining Building Completion Certificate (BCC)?

BCC is issued from Civil Engineering Department of Trakhees. However EHS issues NOC for BCC. Please refer the available procedure on EHS website.

18. What should be the height of building to implement wet riser system in under construction buildings?

When an under construction building reaches a height of 23m (high rise building as per NFPA), wet riser system should be installed. Wet riser system is a part of COC 3. Contractors should apply for COC 3 once the building height reaches 24 m and they should obtain it before the building height reaches 30 m.

19. If the height of building is 30m in total, still contractor has to implement wet riser system?

When an under construction building reaches a height of 23m (high rise building as per NFPA), wet riser system should be installed. Wet riser system is a part of COC 3. Contractors should apply for COC 3 once the building height reaches 24 m and they should obtain it before the building height reaches 30 m.

20. Can contractor start shoring work without obtaining COC1 from EHS?

No. It is already mentioned in the letter issued to them by CED.

21. Which documents are required for applying EHS NOC for BCC?

Please refer the available procedure (EHS NOC for BCC) available on our website.

22. Should contractor have to apply for COC2 if structure consists of G+1?

COC2 is required for buildings when they reach G+2 level. It is also required for all other structures if the workers are working 6 m above ground level.

23. Is it mandatory to have trained riggers with shovel loader operations?

No, it is not mandatory requirement as per EHS/ DM regulations to appoint competent rigger for shovel loader operation at construction sites.

24. If CED not issue building permit for landscaping work, how to apply COC1?

Contractor can also apply for COC1 for landscaping work on the basis of EHS NOC for Building Permit and NOC from the Developers.

25. What are the NOCs required for a new Labour Camp under Dubai World areas?

NOC from Developer (Nakheel, Limitless etc)

EHS NOC for Building Permit

COC1 from EHS

EHS NOC for BCC