Occupational safety and work-related injury control efforts in qatar: Lessons learned from a rapidly developing economy

Rafael J. Consunji, Amber Mehmood, Nazia Hirani, Ayman El-Menyar, Aisha Abeid, Adnan Ali Hyder, Hassan Al-Thani, Ruben Peralta

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Abstract

Work-related injury (WRI) control is an integral part of occupational safety. In rapidly developing Gulf countries such as Qatar with a predominantly expatriate workforce, WRI control is a complex issue often seen in conjunction with the implementation of labour laws and labour rights. We aimed to implement a public health approach to facilitate efforts to achieve long-term WRI control in Qatar. A range of initiatives helped to gain visibility and momentum for this important public health problem, including identifying and engaging with key stakeholders, workers’ surveys, steps to establish a unified injury database, and the implementation of a WRI identification tool in the electronic medical records. A contemporaneous improved enforcement of existent occupational safety regulations through heightened worksite inspections and efforts to improve living conditions for migrant workers also took place. WRIs are not only a Qatar-specific problem; the same issues are faced by neighbouring Gulf countries and other rapidly developing economies with large expatriate worker populations. These strategies are also useful starting points for similar countries interested in nurturing a safe, healthy and productive workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6906
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume17
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2020

Keywords

  • Injury prevention
  • Middle East
  • Migrant workers
  • Occupational injuries
  • Qatar
  • Work-related injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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