Abu Dhabi, 2 August , 2022: The Permanent Technical Committee for Abu Dhabi Technical Standards affiliated with the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) approved five projects for guidelines submitted by various government entities in Abu Dhabi at its 41st meeting.
The projects were discussed at the meeting chaired by His Excellency Badr Khamis Bani Shumaili, Executive Director of the Council’s Conformity and Standardization Services Sector, as well as the Chairman of the Committee, in the presence of members of concerned government authorities, the private sector, representatives of government entities that submitted the projects, and academia. The Committee includes 36 members representing 22 entities.
The guidelines for technical standards for recycled water for agriculture in Abu Dhabi was submitted by the Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority with the participation of five government agencies. The guideline draft’s aim is to determine sound standards on the properties of recycled water for unrestricted use in the agriculture sector. This included clarifying and defining standards and properties of treated wastewater for safe use for irrigation, and the need to adhere to necessary safe water management measures in the farms.
His Excellency Badr Bani Shumaili said the approved guidelines will contribute to ensuring the safety properties of the water, enhancing the confidence of users to find sustainable and alternative sources of groundwater for agriculture in Abu Dhabi, in turn reducing pumping from groundwater reserves.
The draft of Abu Dhabi Guideline for the Transport of Hazardous Materials presented by the Integrated Transport Center with the participation of 11 Abu Dhabi-based government agencies was also reviewed. The draft was submitted with the aim of creating guidelines for classifying hazardous materials in terms of their risk, determining supply and transport chain responsibilities and relevant safety measures to be followed, in addition to packing and hazard marking on containers, cars and tanks.
“This guideline focuses on protecting individuals, property and the environment from the negative effects of improper transportation of hazardous materials, such as fire, explosion, chemical burning, toxic gas poisoning and pollution in general. The draft also discusses training those involved in the transport of hazardous materials, especially drivers and crew of the vehicle or transport tank, as well as the need to have the records available on the physical and chemical properties of the materials transported. The guide also discusses studying the risks to determine appropriate transportation and the necessary permits needed for transporting hazardous materials from the relevant authorities in the Emirate, and tracking and monitoring vehicles through an electronic system,” said His Excellency Badr Bani Shumaili.
The committee also reviewed a request to update the ISGL Guide submitted by the Department of Municipalities and Transport with the participation of Musanada and Aldar Properties in line with the Abu Dhabi Service Infrastructure Specifications Guide. The aim of the update is to ensure that the plants are in line with the latest standards, helping to maintain the water resources, as well as aligning it with the standards relevant to people of determination, reflecting the Abu Dhabi vision and objectives in integrating these people to the community.
A draft of Abu Dhabi Guideline for ES600 Rebar Standards, requested by the Emirates Steel Arkan with the aim of reducing the use of rebar in construction by 18-24%, was also reviewed. Adoption of this guideline will lead to reducing construction costs as well as carbon footprint, supporting the UAE Net Zero 2050 vision.
The project for preparing guidelines for the technology readiness scale of Abu Dhabi was presented by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development, with participation from 13 entities from government agencies and academic institutions. The aim of the project is to create a unified technical reference for the emirate’s technology readiness scale, which will in turn support innovators, residents and investors, and provide relevant guideline norms to better define the stages of the technology under development and elevate its levels, as well as procedures for appropriate decisions on development and investment.
Commenting on the project, His Excellency Badr Bani Shumaili said: "The technology readiness guideline will contribute to unifying the concepts of technological maturity, guiding innovators, residents and investors to better identify the stage of technology under development and supporting innovation requirements related to projects.”
In conclusion, the Chairman of committee appreciated the participation of the members in the meeting and emphasized the keenness and commitment of the committee in continuing to implement more projects to contribute to the goals of relevant Abu Dhabi authorities.