Ashghal intensifies health, safety steps at project sites, workers' housing
March 29 2020 09:25 PM
Ashghal implemented temperature checking since the beginning of March
Ashghal implemented temperature checking since the beginning of March


The Public Works Authority (Ashghal), as part of preventive and precautionary measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), has intensified its efforts to inspect the workers’ accommodation and project sites.

These efforts, according to a statement issued on Sunday, are part of Ashghal's commitment to effectively manage and respond to Covid-19 while continuing to provide essential road and drainage services to the communities of Qatar.

Ashghal, in collaboration with its contractors, has taken further health and safety measures especially at project sites in order to enable the continuity of its core operations while ensuring the health and safety of its staff.

The health and safety teams are conducting inspections of labour accommodations and welfare facilities to ensure stringent health and safety measures that are applied against the Covid-19 outbreak.

Ashghal conducts disinfection at a site

In a bid to improve on-site workers' welfare standards, Ashghal has carried out the Workers’ Welfare Compliance Audit in various locations. The audits were conducted to ensure that all contractors and subcontractors comply with the requirements set out in the contractual documents and abide by the relevant rules.

The most important measures taken in all workplaces and accommodations include temperature monitoring (effective since the beginning of March), and cleaning and sanitising staff transport buses twice daily (morning and evening).

This is in addition to mandatory cleaning and sanitisation of all handrails, door knobs and handles and any other associated items that come into contact with hands. All recreational and social gatherings along with sports events have been suspended until further notice.

The audit team has also made sure that all necessary toiletries, liquid soap dispensers and hand dryers were provided in the workers' accommodation. It has also been ensured that all of the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Covid-19 informative posters are clearly displayed on sites in order to raise awareness on the essential precautionary measures.

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