Filipino safety group sees future of UAE construction industry “bright and lucrative”
Members are training to become NEBOSH certificate holders
At least twice a month, the Philippine Society of Safety Professionals (PSSP) in the UAE conducts an in-house training for their members to upgrade their skills and prepare for the NEBOSH International General Certificate.
“The future of the construction industry here is bright and lucrative for the next 10 years or more especially for safety officers and engineers,” explained Joel Nedamo, PSSP-UAE President.
Nedamo’s positive outlook can be verified with job openings for health, safety and environment professionals published almost daily in newspapers and online recruitment portals.
The PSSP is an organization composed of safety professionals who are working either as HSE managers, safety engineers, safety inspectors, safety advisors, safety or assistant safety officers within the UAE.
“For internal training, we call it Construction Safety Essentials covering 13 elements of Construction Health and Safety. For external training, we are arranging an in-house training with CHSS Gulf for NEBOSH International General Certificate. We did the first batch of 12 PSSP delegates last August 2007,” he added. “If you have this qualification, you can expect or command a higher salary scale compared to those without a NEBOSH certificate.”
The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health is a globally recognized qualification offered by an established independent UK examination board with over 25 years experience in providing health and safety awards in the UK and across the world including the Middle East, the West Indies and Southeast Asia. NEBOSH stands for National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health.
The PSSP-UAE Head is himself a NEBOSH certificate holder with over 20 years experience in the health, safety and environment fields of the construction industry. Nedamo is a safety engineer with Dar Al-Handasah, a leading international consultancy specializing in engineering, architecture, planning, environment, project management, and economics.
He further explained that their group chose CHSS Gulf “mainly due to the quality of training they provide, their track record in passing the delegates and their quality instructors.” CHSS Gulf has a passing rate of over 87% for NEBOSH participants compared to the global average of 65%.
Three recent events have also highlighted the practical need for health, safety and environment professionals. First is the creation of BuildSafeDubai where several contracting companies will be sharing best practices on health and safety standards. Second is the UAE Ministry of Labor’s announcement that it will form an independent agency for the sole purpose of inspecting health and safety standards on construction sites. And finally the decision of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to establish the Health, Safety and Environment Department which will be independent from RTA operational activities.