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Ministry of Environment starts



With the start of the turtle hatching season in Qatar, the Ministry of Environment is launching a campaign to protect and conserve the turtle population in the Qatari waters.

The 'Save Turtles' campaign will focus on the Hawksbill species, one of the most endangered and highly important to Qatar.

With the launch of 'Save Turtles' logo, the campaign begins in collaboration with Qatar University (QU) and Qatar Petroleum (QP), the ministry announced


[29-06-2015]

Workers must be trained in health and safety: expert



Workers should be trained at centralised centres, ensuring a consistent level of health and safetyacross the board, an expert says.

All workers, particularly those newly recruited to work on Qatar’s many projects, should be trained at centralised centres, ensuring a consistent level of health and safety across the board, an expert in the field has said.
Hundreds of thousands of new workers are expected to arrive in the country in the coming months to work on many projects, including the metro, a new road network, the stadiums and other infrastructure needed to host the FIFA 2022 World Cup. 
 “New workers on Qatar’s various construction projects should have to pass through health and 
safety schools of excellence,” according to Qatar International Safety Centre’s (QISC) business development manager Andy Reid.
“By doing this we’d be able to ensure a consistent level of health and safety training to all of the workers coming in to work on these projects,” Reid told Construction Week.
“There is a list of standards contractors must adhere to and we’d build all of that into our training which we offer.”
The QISC has experience in large-scale training, having previously worked on a major project with Qatar Shell, where more than 50,000 people were trained under one roof.
Health and safety along with environment are topics of major concerns for modern industries and stress is given by major corporates to maintain excellent standards in these aspects.
Investment in health and safety is rewarding in the long-term because it reduces production losses and saves precious lives.
As a matter of fact Qatar has been investing heavily in health and safety because there is hardly any room for negligence in the mainline economy of the country - oil and gas, which are by their very nature highly inflammable and if not produced and processed with utmost care, can lead to disasters.
At a recent conference hosted by 
Qatar Petroleum, a top official said HSE (health, safety and environment) was a key business imperative and a core value for all those working in the energy sector.
Saad al-Kubaisi, QP’s corporate HSE manager said topics like 
occupational health and safety, process safety, environmental management, neuro-safety, and contractor safety management are important.
“Indispensable to all these areas are the concepts of change in culture, be it work, organisational, or societal, and the application of a risk-based approach.” 
Referring to the Villaggio mall fire, he said the blaze was a wake-up call. 
“The tragic event is an alert to people everywhere that whatever our efforts to safeguard the health and safety of our people and to protect environment, we need to do more. We have responded to this call. We have been taking, and will continue to take steps to ensure such incidents never again happen on our shores.”
According to Ali Alrahbi, vice president for Quality HSE and Security at Dolphin Energy, the energy sector in the GCC is very advanced in setting up HSE policies and procedures. “I believe the region is using the best international practices, codes, and standards related to the energy industry,” he told a recent forum. 
(Souce:gulftime.com)


[17-01-2014]

Study offers new perspective on Qatar’s human development



Qatar would be near the top of the United Nation’s Human Development Index (HDI) if adjustments were made for the country’s large population of migrant workers, many of whom have a low level of education.
This has been revealed in a study conducted by researchers from Weill Cornell
 Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and published in the UK-based Journal, Perspectives in Public Health. 
The HDI - developed to measure the overall wellbeing of a nation and often used as a means of comparing countries - is calculated using three variables: health, wealth and education.
 
The health component is based on life expectancy at birth and the wealth component is gross national
 income per capita. But since 2011 the education component has been split into two separate measures: mean schooling years for adults and expected school years for children entering the education system. 
It is the mean schooling years for adults that the researchers have concluded skews the results of Qatar’s HDI measurement, as a large percentage of migrant workers have had less formal education.
The study - entitled Impact of migrant workers on the Human Development Index - was conducted by WCMC-Q’s Dr Ravinder Mamtani (associate dean for Global and
 Public Health), Dr Sohaila Cheema (director of Global and Public Health) and Dr Albert B Lowenfels (professor of Surgery at New York Medical College). 
Dr Mamtani explained that the
 research study makes two important points. One, the Human Development Index must be adjusted for the migrant population because this group often has a low level of education. Failure to do so can result in a distorted HDI ranking for a nation such as Qatar with 70-80% migrant workers. 
Two, the current HDI ranking based on unadjusted data must be interpreted with caution.
Dr Lowenfels observed that if the HDI measure was appropriately adjusted for the presence of migrant workers, then Qatar would rank near Norway at the top of the United Nations Human Development list.
The researchers said the other components of the HDI " health and income " did not have a significant impact on the final measurement as generally only
 healthy workers were granted work permits and the wages that the workers earned were not taxed and, for the most part, transferred to their home countries.
There are currently 14 countries with more than 30% migrant workers whose ranking in the HDI list is severely impacted.
“The HDI rankings of any country with a high proportion of expatriate workers should be interpreted cautiously,” the researchers concluded. 
(Souce: gulftime.com)


[08-01-2014]

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