Dubai Municipality has started banning companies from issuing any certificates of lifeguards for pools and beaches or engaging in any accreditation activity, except for those who obtained permits from the Emirates International Accreditation Centre, said Eng. Redha Salman, Director of Health and Safety Department of the Municipality.
He was addressing a meeting organised by the department with the companies operating in the field of training and qualifying lifeguards for swimming pools in the emirate of Dubai. The meeting was organised as part of the efforts to accomplish the highest standards of public health and safety in the community and to achieve the strategic goals of the Emirate of Dubai in this regard.
He said the local order issued in public interest, which took effect since the beginning of January, has defined the fines against anyone who violates its provisions, whether it is a company or individual, who want to employ or work as lifeguards in swimming pools.
Eng. Sultan Al Suwaidi, Head of Public Safety Section in the Department, explained that it is important to protect the safety of swimming pool users and beach goers by providing qualified lifeguards from companies accredited with Dubai Municipality.
Al Suwaidi said Dubai Municipality is keen to achieve the highest standards of public health and safety. “We have asked all hotel establishments, educational institutions and buildings that have swimming pools, to provide hygiene and safety requirements in public pools, including the appointment of a qualified lifeguard, to be present on a permanent basis and the need for the lifeguard to possess a certification from a training and qualification company accredited with the Emirates International Accreditation Centre as of the first of July 2017,” he said.