Posted on November 24, 2013

Qatargas participated as a ‘Silver Sponsor’ in the 2nd Qatar Petroleum Occupational Health Conference held under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, from 19 – 21 November in Doha.

The conference was organized by Qatar Petroleum’s Medical Services Department in partnership with the Supreme Council of Health under the theme “Innovations for a Healthy Workforce” and featured presentations focusing on occupational medicine, industrial hygiene and occupational health nursing.

Dr. Osama Ibrahim, Qatargas Chief Medical Officer presented a paper titled “Ensuring Fitness to Work in High Risk Operation”. The paper highlighted the role of the Qatargas Medical Department during critical activities such as plant maintenance shutdowns that involve the mobilization of hundreds of contractors on short term basis.

Shutdowns involve high density of workers in a limited space working round the clock adjacent to live plant activities. Ensuring the health and fitness of the workers in such conditions requires team work from the medical team that includes doctors, industrial hygienists and nurses.  The paper discussed the various measures taken by the Qatargas Medical Team before, during and after the shutdowns to ensure the health of the workers.

Qatargas also participated in an exhibition highlighting the occupational health programmes of companies, held in conjunction with the conference. The Conference was attended by occupational health experts, medical doctors, nurses, other healthcare professionals and delegates from all over the Middle East region and other parts of the world.

In addition to the scientific presentations, the event also had panel discussions, networking sessions, poster presentations and workshops. The conference provided an opportunity to present and discuss scientific researches to find the best practices and innovative programs for safeguarding the health and safety of employees.