CWQ to host Qatar health and safety briefing

First in a series of events looking at Qatar working conditions held in partnership with ASTAD Project Management, Qatar International Safety Centre, Rapid EPS, WSP and Atkins

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Construction Week Qatar is set to hold the first of a new series of Health and Safety Breakfast Briefings on Tuesday, 17 March.

The event, which will take place at the Grand Hyatt, Doha, will be held in partnership with ASTAD Project Management, Qatar International Safety Centre, Rapid EPS, WSP and Atkins.

The Construction Week Qatar: Health & Safety Breakfast Briefing will outline what is being done at a government and corporate level to build a culture of safety and worker welfare in Qatar.

Commenting on the launch of the event, Nasser Al-Hajri, chief human capital and shared services officer at ASTAD Project Management, who will officially open the event, said: "At Astad we take the health and safety of our professionals very seriously - it is a core element of our corporate values.

"Given the unique environmental conditions and fast-paced development projects across the country, we believe that finding homegrown solutions is crucial to ensuring the overall wellbeing of everyone on site. The Construction Week Qatar: Health and Safety Breakfast Briefing is an ideal platform to share experiences, gauge challenges and work together towards a healthier and safer construction industry in Qatar."

The Construction Week Qatar: Health & Safety Breakfast Briefing, which is free to attend for worker safety stakeholders, aims to discuss both the ongoing issue of migrant worker abuse alongside initiatives and success stories that have improved the overall quality of life for employees.

One such success story that will be discussed at the event is the development of an industry-driven health and safety training passport scheme.

“New workers on Qatar’s various construction projects should have to pass through health and safety schools of excellence,” said Qatar International Safety Centre’s (QISC) business development manager, Andy Reid.

He said that using an International Health and Safety Passport programme, which is internationally approved by recognised bodies such as the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB), will lead to more consistent site safety standards.

“The programme is already being utilised by Jacobs International, Brookfield Multiplex, Carillion, Qatar Airways, Qatar Shell, FCC-Archirodon-Yuksel-Petroserv to name just a few,” said Reid.

The Construction Week Qatar: Health & Safety Breakfast Briefing will also shine a spotlight on best practices currently underway in Qatar, through presentations by WSP and Atkins.

Robert Cooling, director of health environment safety and quality / risk services at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff said, “Improving health and safety standards and performance often requires changes in attitudes and behaviors, with leaders in the organisation playing an important role in driving these changes.

"The Construction Week Qatar: Health and Safety Breakfast provides an excellent opportunity to share approaches which have been particularly successful in creating improvements in health and safety culture.”

The Construction Week: Health & Safety Breakfast Briefing will begin at 09.00am, with registration from 08.00am. For attendance enquires please email amanda.elisha@itp.com.

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