Ministry issues safety guidelines for construction sites in Qatar

 27 Apr 2017 - 23:05

Ministry issues safety guidelines for construction sites in Qatar
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The Peninsula

The Ministry of Municipality and Environment has issued a guide for construction sites to ensure safety and eliminate damages resulting from construction, maintenance and demolition works.

The construction sector, with new towers, high rise buildings, road projects and other infrastructure projects has necessitated setting up standards and regulations to reduce damages and accidents, the Ministry said in a statement yesterday.

The guide is released on the occasion of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, marked on April 28 every year. This year's event is being marked under the theme, “improving the collection and use of health and occupational safety data”.

The guide includes information and instructions developed by the Ministry in light of the relevant laws and regulations. It aims to organise the construction site in a safe and secure manner and in a way that ensures the safety and security of the workers, environment and residents in the neighbourood.

It also aims to raise awareness among developers of the project including engineers and construction experts to help them in planning, cost calculation and to address the environmental aspects at the site and the surrounding areas before starting the work. The directives help in protection of public properties, plants, wildlife and resources near the site.

The guide includes detailed conditions and specifications related to construction work like the fence, sign boards, sidewalks, working hours, traffic, transport of construction material, emergency works, adjoining walls and working in school premises or near the schools.

It also contains conditions related to scaffolding, lifters, machinery, lights, noise, vibration and shaking.