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Safety is every ones business

All employers and employees are liable to contribute to Health and Safety at Work Act. This means employees must exercise personal responsibility for their actions.

According to Part 10 of Qatar Labor Law and our company regulations, all employers and employees are liable to contribute to work place safety. This means employees must exercise personal responsibility for their actions.

Company’s responsibility:

  • Provide and maintain safety equipment and safe systems of work.

  • Ensure materials used are properly stored, handled, used and transported.

  • Provide information, training, instruction and supervision.

  • Ensure staffs are aware of instructions provided by manufacturers and suppliers of equipment.

  • Provide a safe place of employment.

  • Provide a safe working environment.

  • Provide a written safety policy/risk assessment.

  • Look after health and safety of others, example public.

  • Talk to safety representatives.

Company provides free service to employees for any measures which is required to be provided in the interests of health and safety.

Employee’s duty:

  • Safeguard their own safety and that of anyone else who may be affected by their action.

  • Co-operate with the employer in complying with the law and must not interfere with anything provided for safety.

Personal responsibility covers a very broad area; also taking into account that having the right attitude to safety is equally important. Some of the ways in which you can comply to safety rules as well as the attitude toward safety issues are to:

  • Be aware of company’s safety policy and the health and safety measures

  • Awareness of signs and warning notices and follow them.

  • Attire all protective clothing and equipment as instructed

  • Report all hazards to person in charge.

  • Report all defects on machinery and equipment

  • Report all accidents, however slight, to a responsible person and ensure details are entered in the accident book.

  • Beware of operating plant and vehicles at the production facility and construction site.

  • Acquire adequate training and ask for authorization to operate on machinery and equipment

  • Avoid horseplay and skylarking; it may cause injury.

  • Avoid short cuts; use proper access provided.

  • Do not throw items of equipment or materials from places at height; lower them correctly.

What is Hazard?

If ever a term covered a multitude of meanings it is ‘Hazards’. Danger, risk, exposure, vulnerability - these are all synonyms for this word. It is undoubtedly self explanatory. Any plan which is executed with no further study and exploration, any action which is done without thorough observation and examination, can initiate an accident. Whether an action is done intentionally or inadvertently, it exposes a person to unplanned, unexpected and sometimes harmful outcomes. In this issue we have tried focusing on hazards that cause accidents in the construction industry to offer more insight on these factors. As we all know, knowledge and expertise is the first step toward a better and sustained performance. Construction work, in general, is an amalgamation of several activities; It involve all sorts of tools and equipments, chemicals and substances, machineries and vehicles. Working in such an environment requires adequate knowledge and sufficient experience to handle any tool or equipment. Moreover, all processes and routines, practices and guidelines must be evaluated and tested so that they are risk free and safe to operate.

Why take notice?

Besides the traumatic and tragic human costs of death, injury or ill health, there are a number of reasons why you need to act now to manage hazards in your workplace. Failure to do so can mean high financial costs from broken equipment, losing competent staff, high workers’ compensation costs, increases in insurance premiums, or being prosecuted under the occupational safety and health related cases.

What to do

Each Company and individual need to examine work practices, plant and machinery and workplace conditions to identify and find solutions for potential and existing safety and health hazards.

To do this, a three step approach can be applied:

  • First: Make sure you know everything related to workplace hazards and identify and assess hazards.

  • Second: Introduce a systematic approach to safety and health in your workplace. This requires commitment to improving safety management, consultation with employees, improved hazard management, training; and systematic planning to ensure you have the necessary resources and processes to ensure success.

  • Third: Have a comprehensive plan which encourages a continuous improvement approach to occupational safety and health management.

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