MoPH hosts meet on summer work-related injuries
- Publication Date:
- 23/08/16 8:05 AM
- Press Release
- Department Grouping:
- Preventive Healthcare
- Occupational Health
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is working closely with relevant parties in developing action plans which aims at preventing injuries caused by high temperatures in summer months, particularly the ones related to heat stress.
The implementation of these plans is expected to take place next year.
The MoPH recently held a meeting which was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Administrative Development Labour & Social Affairs, Primary Health Care Corporation, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, Qatar Red Crescent and the health ministry. The meeting was headed by the ministry's Director of Health Protection and Non-communicable Diseases Sheikha Dr Al Anoud bint Mohamed al Thani.
During the meeting, Dr Anoud said that the ministry and other concerned parties were keen on workers' health so as to contribute to making all workplaces free of injuries, occupational diseases and deaths.
Dr Anoud commended the efforts of all relevant bodies to reduce work-related injuries, in addition to the various programmes aimed at strengthening the workers' health in the country.
She added:"The ministry is keen on supporting these joint ventures and ensuring the ideal application of national programmes in that regard."
Issues such as ways of ensuring the effective application of laws and resolutions related to working hours in open workplaces during summer were discussed at the meeting.
The resolution states:"Working under direct sunlight or open workplaces during the period from June 15 to August 31 shall not exceed five hours in the morning until 11.30am, and the evening shift should not start before 3pm."
The meeting also discussed ways of having more workshops dedicated for training occupational health and safety supervisors and workers as well as ways of reporting injuries and how to handle them