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Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation strengthens environmental testing to further raise sustainability of its ecosystems

June 30, 2021  

20% increase in the number of laboratory tests in the first half of 2021 from last year

Central Laboratory of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation provides 52 types of tests and analyses

Laboratory conducts analyses using the latest devices and leading technologies in the field

The Central Laboratory of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation has strengthened testing to further raise the sustainability of the ecosystems under its jurisdiction. Forming part of Dubai’s broader effort to enhance sustainability benchmarks, the Laboratory conducted more than 1,500 analyses in the first half of 2021 to ensure the efficiency and safety of environmental systems in the areas operated by the Corporation, an increase of 20% from last year.

 

His Excellency Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, said that as part of efforts to promote the economic transformation of Dubai, the Corporation has developed processes, regulations and innovative solutions to ensure a sustainable environment in the communities under its jurisdiction in line with the government’s vision. The Corporation’s Environment, Health and Safety Department works through its central laboratory to conduct a number of analyses and tests that measure the quality of environmental systems in the institution’s communities and regions.

His Excellency said the key services provided by the Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation's Central Laboratory include 52 types of analyses to test drinking water, swimming pool water, ground water, sewage water and food samples, in addition to mineral testing, soil analysis, air quality analysis, testing of gas emissions and noise level measurement, among others.

Bin Sulayem stressed the Corporation is strengthening its central laboratory with specialised and qualified technical competencies to conduct various types of analyses with the latest innovative devices and leading technologies in the field of physical, chemical and microbiological examinations. It is also working to ensure compliance with the highest international standards and approved practices, in order to support measurement indicators in laboratory samples, and obtain accurate and reliable results.

As soon as it obtains the results of laboratory tests, the inspection team at the Corporation’s Environment, Health and Safety Department visits sites that showed negative results and takes immediate measures to address them. It places special emphasis on not using non-potable water for human consumption and its disposal in a safe and secure manner, which allows the Corporation to ensure the health and safety of the vital communities under its supervision.

 

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