Posted on March 30, 2020

As part of the preventive and precautionary measures implemented by the Public Works Authority ‘Ashghal’ to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), Ashghal intensified its efforts to inspect the workers’ accommodation and project sites.

These efforts are part of Ashghal's commitment to effectively manage and respond to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) disruption, 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 on project sites to enable the continuity of its core operations whilst ensuring the health and safety of its staff. The health and safety teams are conducting ongoing inspections of labour accommodations and welfare facilities to ensure stringent health and safety measures are applied against coronavirus outbreak.

Ashghal Auditing of health 2 [].jpgIn an aim to improve on-site worker's welfare standards, Ashghal has carried out the Worker’s Welfare Compliance Audit in various locations. The audits were conducted to ensure that all contractors and sub-contractors are complying with the requirements set out in the contractual documents and are abiding by the relevant Qatari laws. The most important measures that are taken in all workplaces and accommodations include temperature monitoring (effective since the beginning of March 2020), cleaning & sanitising staff transport buses twice daily (morning/evening). This is in addition to mandatory cleaning and sanitisation of all handrails, doorknobs and handles and any other associated items that come into contact with the human hand. 

Moreover, all recreational or social gatherings and sports events have been suspended until further notice. The audit team also made sure that all necessary toiletries, liquid soap dispensers and hand dryers were provided in the workers' accommodation. In addition to ensuring that all of the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) COVID-19 informative posters are clearly displayed on sites, to raise awareness on the essential precautionary measures.Ashghal Auditing of health 3 [].jpg