HSE Department Mission
To fulfill the requirements of the Company’s mission and IMS policy in achieving and maintaining an HSE excellence at all levels of Company’s operations and to support and assist in the implementation and maintenance of Company’s IMS, complying with ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, applicable legal and other requirements.
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• Reducing generation of emissions and waste
• Complying as a minimum with applicable legislation
• Preventing environmental pollution and incidents
• Conserving use of natural resources and biodiversity
• Introduction of indigenous plant species that have a higher survival rate, requiring less water and being more easily established in most of our site established offices, to maintain the ecology and biodiversity of each area and the unique character of the landscape.
• Implementation of recycling programs for paper, plastic, aluminum cans, printing cartridges, waste lubricants and lead acid batteries.
• Reduction of water consumption through the use of water efficient fixtures in selected offices.
• Provision of education and training of employees to increase environmental and sustainability awareness and perception for all our employees.
• Installation and use of waste treatment systems, to reduce quantity of waste disposed and increase reused treated waste for the same or another purpose.
• Cooperation with local suppliers in all our projects, to reduce emissions from transportation of materials on site facilities.
• Introduction of a technical procedure for the recycling of concrete wastewater in our projects.
• Investing in new technologies for plant and equipment able to improve performance, efficiency and lower generation of emissions.
Examples of our efforts towards sustainable development are included in these indicative
- Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone Project
- Translocation of fauna:
A joint venture between Archirodon, Boskalis and Hyundai, arranged the translocation of vulnerable wildlife inhabiting the Khalifa Port Marine site in Abu Dhabi Emirate by a specialist team, licensed by the Environment Agency, on 2007, prior to commencement of any construction activities. The purpose of this program was to capture, translocate and release terrestrial vertebrates from the Khalifa site into appropriate habitat location within the emirate of Abu Dhabi so they couldn’t be affected by any construction activities. Among others species, saw scaled viper, wonder gecko, sand geckos, gerbils, horned viper, false cobra etc. were relocated from the area. After the commencement of the construction activities, any additional species spotted on site, were relocated by trained personnel off site. The program of relocation was ongoing until the end of the project.
Sewage Treatment Plants:
Two treatment units of a total capacity of 1000 cum per day were commissioned during the project period to treat generated sewage of around 3,000 people accommodated in the accommodation units of all consortium partners’ personnel in the area, to levels suitable for irrigation. The treatment units were able to reduce the quantity of sewage wastewater that would otherwise have to be disposed if not treated by the system, minimize the use of fresh water that would otherwise be required for dust suppression and irrigation and as a result minimize the use of natural resources.
- Ruwais 3rd NGL Project
- Ozone Monitoring Program:
A monitoring program was established from August 2007 till March 2008 to measure ground level ozone levels in the atmospheric environment, in Ruwais site facilities, and both accommodation camps through the use of diffusion tubes. The purpose of the monitoring was to define if levels of ground level ozone, the primary component of smog, in areas where Archirodon employees were working and staying were below EPA recommended limits to protect all of our employees’ health.
- Replacement of abrasive grit with garnet:
Abrasive grit was replaced with the environmental friendly garnet for all our abrasive blasting activities in the project, in an effort to reduce the generation of hazardous waste since garnet can be reused multiple times, to prevent toxic emissions to the environment and to minimize air, land and sea contamination from used abrasives and dust containing heavy metals.
Recycling of lead acid batteries:
More than 170 pcs of lead acid batteries were collected and sent for recycling from the project.
- Concrete recycling systems
- In an effort to promote recycling and efficient waste management in all our construction sites with regards to the consumption of huge amounts of water in the ready-mixed concrete plants, a technical procedure was issued to all our sites, relevant with the reuse of water from concrete production to make fresh concrete. This method minimizes the disposal of wash water from concrete ready mix trucks and batching plants which is a major problem due to the large amount of suspended matter and high alkalinity untreated sludge water that cannot be discharged in an environmentally friendly way. This procedure, collects washing water into a specialized washing pit and from there, after a series of compartments within the pit, wash water is tested to confirm its compliance with specific quality and other requirements and then is been used in the trial mixing for the batching of fresh concrete. This method is able to reduce drastically the disposal of concrete wastewater.
- Regional Office in Dubai
- Recycling program:
- From the beginning of the office establishment in Dubai, in April 2011, after its relocation from Ajman, a recycling program was launched to include the recycling of office paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, printing cartridges and batteries. In a period of seventeen months, the Regional office collected and sent for recycling 7106 kg of paper, 1218 kg of plastic, 109 kg of aluminum cans, and 607 pcs of printing cartridges.
- Emal Seawater Supply and Return System
- Recycling program:
- In a period of six months, from January to June 2010, the project collected and sent for recycling 2895 kg of paper, 2970 kg of plastic and 133 pcs of printing cartridges. Our efforts and dedication were appreciated by Emirates Environmental Group (EEG), a professional working group devoted to protecting the environment. EEG is the first non-governmental organization in the world to be ISO 14001 certified and the only organization of its kind in the UAE with accredited statues to the United Nations Convention to Combating Desertification and the United Nations Environmental Programme. EEG placed Archirodon in the Top Ten participants of UAE recycling program for the toner and plastic collection campaign.
- Testing of discharged water to the environment:
- As part of the dewatering established along the excavated area where the pipeline for the project would be installed, water was discharged into the sea. Daily monitoring of discharge water was conducted to verify that levels of suspended solids were below the limits and weekly laboratory chemical analysis was also conducted to verify that discharged water was within defined limits by the Environment Agency.
- Central Facility Yard in Ras Al Khaimah
- Treatment system:
- An oily water treatment system was installed in the Central Facility yard of Ras Al Khaimah to collect and treat hazardous oily water produced by all maintenance activities of Workshop to levels suitable for reuse and even irrigation. The treatment system was able to completely reduce the quantity of hazardous oily water that would otherwise have to be disposed if not treated by the system, minimize the use of fresh water that would otherwise be required for these activities and as a result minimize the use of natural resources.
- Relocation and Planting of trees and indigenous plants:
- During the relocation of the central facility yard from Ajman to Ras Al Khaimah, the trees established by Archirodon in Ajman during a period of 10 years, were completely relocated by a specialized third party to Ras Al Khaimah and replanted to the new location. In addition, additional indigenous plants for the area, with low water requirements, were planted in the new accommodation camp established nearby.
- Environmental ambient air monitoring:
- A regular ambient air monitoring program is been conducted in Ras Al Khaimah to define environmental air pollutant levels in the baseline environment so that they can be compared with air pollutant levels in our working environment.
- DUBAI LNG Import Terminal
- Turbidity monitoring:
- Permanent turbidity monitoring stations were utilized in the new Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) Import Terminal, in Jebel Ali during the dredging of a basin and construction of a breakwater. The intention of the monitoring was to protect the seawater intakes of DUBAL and DEWA, the latter supplying Dubai’s population with drinking water from excessive suspended sediment concentration. Eight fixed monitoring stations were installed around the site. Stations were able to measure turbidity, currents, waves and tide on a continuous basis in real time.
- Silt screens:
- Prior to the commencement of dredging and stockpiling activities, a silt screen was deployed at the opening of the stockpiling to prevent escape of fines to the surrounding waters.
Striving for excellence in diving operations, the Company has indentified the importance of conducting diving operations in the most safe manner. As a result, the Company is certified by International Bodies like IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) and ADC (Association of Diving Contractors International) to ensure compliance with the highest safety standards.