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UAE issues strict guidelines on labour camps.

Byline: Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi (ä`b thä`bē, zä–, dä–), Arab. Abu Zabi, sheikhdom (1995 pop. 928,360), c.  

The UAE (Uninterruptible Application Error) The name given to a crash in Windows 3.0. In subsequent versions of Windows, a crash was called a "General Protection Fault," "Application Error" or "Illegal Operation." See crash in Windows and abend.  Cabinet has approved a manual of general criteria for workers' accommodations in the country which will come into force from September 2009.

With effect from September 2009, municipality MUNICIPALITY. The body of officers, taken collectively, belonging to a city, who are appointed to manage its affairs and defend its interests.  departments will not issue any permits for workers' housing across the country, including free zones, except in accordance with this criteria and any related provisions issued by the UAE Minister of Labour, said a statement.

The decision stresses the employers' responsibility to provide workers' accommodation commensurate with the international labour standards International labour standards are conventions, treaties and recommendations designed to regulate against unjust and inhumane labour practices. The primary exponent of international labour standards is the International Labour Organization (ILO). .

Each facility operating in the country should upgrade its current workers' accommodation conditions to comply with these standards. Employers are given a maximum period of five years, commencing on the day the decision comes into force, the statement said.

As the regulatory guarantor of the resolution, the Ministry of Labour will oversee strict adherence and implementation of the manual's provisions, it added.

The Ministry will cooperate with the local and federal authorities, especially the municipalities and civil defence, to develop an effective mechanism to ensure compliance to the provisions, the transitional provisions, incentives and the necessary administrative sanctions.

The new manual offers a comprehensive package of standards to be provided in workers' accommodation complexes. Among these criteria is a directive for accommodation to be situated a safe distance from sources of environmental pollution and noise.

Other criteria include health and safety standards Safety standards are standards designed to ensure the safety of products, activities or processes, etc. They may be advisory or compulsory and are normally laid down by an advisory or regulatory body that may be either voluntary or statutory.  according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

 the relevant local authorities and international standards, water systems (hot and cold), sewerage sewerage, system for the removal and disposal of chiefly liquid wastes and of rainwater, which are collectively called sewage. The average person in the industrialized world produces between 60 and 140 gallons of sewage per day. , air-conditioning, lighting systems, elevators, emergency exits, fire extinguisher fire extinguisher: see fire fighting.  systems and indoor air quality Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor .

Other significant points in the manual include stipulation An agreement between attorneys that concerns business before a court and is designed to simplify or shorten litigation and save costs.

During the course of a civil lawsuit, criminal proceeding, or any other type of litigation, the opposing attorneys may come to an agreement
 that accommodation units and floors be built from concrete or brick walls. The buildings should occupy between 60 per cent and 65 per cent of the complex total area; and the remaining area will be allocated for entertainment, parking, yards, walkways and green spaces. Each accommodation complex should have its own mini market and playgrounds.

"To ensure workers' health and safety, each accommodation must include its own medical clinic equipped with full services, with medical practitioners available 24x7 including religious and national holidays," it stressed.

On personal space, it said: "It is essential for the facility owner to assign a minimum of three square metres in each room to accommodate a bed, side table and wardrobe for each worker living in the complex. The number of workers allowed in each room, should not exceed eight to ten, with a commitment to provide individual space for each one of them."

Comprehensive standards were mandated for bathroom facilities under approved cleanliness Cleanliness
See also Orderliness.

Cleverness (See CUNNING.)


unkempt herself, demands cleanliness from others, especially children. [Ger. Folklore: Leach, 137]


continually “washes” itself.
 and public safety specifications, including easy access to these facilities. The bathrooms must be located at a distance of up to 100 feet from any bedroom or kitchen. In addition, there must be one bathroom with two toilets for every eight people. In the case of shared bathrooms a single shower area should be provided for every eight people, as well as one laundry for the same number of people.

The manual also states: 'The employer should maintain the bathrooms' cleanliness and equip them with full amenities such as soap, mirrors, towels, clothing ties, toilet paper and reservoirs.'

In compliance with the new standards, each accommodation should have its own clean kitchen conforming to recognised public health standards, as provided by the related authority. The accommodation should have a fully-equipped room including a separate area for rest and watching TV. The use of cooking stoves or washing machines is prohibited inside the bedrooms.

The administration staff, residing inside the compound, should outsource the clothes washing operation to a third party or they should ensure that they provide the resident workers with laundry services in accordance with pre-scheduled timeline and under the supervision of a specific person for this task. Otherwise, they should provide the unit with shared laundry facilities.

The issuance of the manual is one of a series of initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Labour, following the recently launched Wages Protection System (WPS See Windows Printing System and Workplace Shell.

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), which stipulates that workers' wages must be transferred through state financial institutions. -- TradeArabia News Service

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Date:Jun 8, 2009
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