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Qatar Rail partners with the Ministry of Interior

The second successful phase of Qatar Rail's traffic, safety and security program for workers has been completed

The safety and security program for workers programs were attended by more than 400 workers.
The safety and security program for workers programs were attended by more than 400 workers.

Qatar Rail has partnered with the Ministry of Interior to hold a traffic, safety and security awareness program for workers involved in delivering its landmark projects.

Launched for the first time in June 2015, the initiative was for senior foreign QR employees, engineers, and technicians.

Awareness programs for these employees were prepared by the Interior Ministry’s Public Relations Department with the objective to ease the move from their home countries through briefing them on Qatari customs and laws, including traffic safety, drug and alcohol control, and Internet law and cybercrimes, as well as introduce the Qatar Community Policing arm.

Engineer Hassan Ahmed al Hamed al Marwani, executive director of Technical Interface Department, QR said: “Due to the resounding success of this initiative we are pleased to be once again collaborating with the Ministry of Interior to hold the second phase of the Qatar Rail Traffic, Safety and Security Program for workers, who are the cornerstone of everything we do.

“We are committed to ensuring that all those working on our projects have the right knowledge and support to safeguard themselves, their colleagues, the wider public and the overall success of our projects, as well as help them acclimatise to the Qatari society.

“This program, along with the recent launch of the Green Line Training Centre, reflects the importance that Qatar Rail places on health and safety and we look forward announcing many more initiatives such as these.

“On behalf of Qatar Rail, I would like to express my gratitude to all the involved Interior Ministry departments, especially the Public Relations Department, for their cooperation and dedication to ensure the success of this initiative.”

The program was re-run for workers in October 2015 with other specially tailored programs in many languages including English, Hindi, Urdu, and many more.

The successful programme has just completed its second phase, which highlighted numerous awareness programs for workers as well as programs on construction and building, programs for bus drivers who transfer workers to sites, and programs for the security guards who work at the sites and workers’ residence.

These programs were offered at various Qatar Rail sites in coordination with its contractors, who were tasked with setting up meeting rooms on work sites and the workers’ residence to facilitate the programs, the last of which was held at the residence of the Red Line workers.

The programs were attended by more than 400 workers.

Highlights of this year’s program included various lectures given by representatives of seven Interior Ministry departments including traffic, civil defence, public relations, drug enforcement, public guards, criminal evidence and information, and community policing on a variety of issues such as traffic safety, how to prevent road accidents and the dangers of not driving safely; the causes of fires and how to prevent them; the effects of drug abuse on both individuals and society; in addition to lectures on Qatari culture, heritage, and traditions; and an introduction to community policing.

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