Msheireb Properties launches ‘Safety in the Workplace’ Campaign
Awards programme to reinforce exceptional Safety standards on the construction site
Doha, Aug 23, 2011
Msheireb Properties (formerly Dohaland) has launched a ‘Safety First’ campaign to foster a positive safety culture amongst its construction contractors and workers at the main Msheireb project site.
Eng. Mohammad Al Marri, Projects Director of Msheireb Properties, said: “As a socially responsible organisation, our new ‘Safety First’ campaign reinforces Msheireb’s commitment towards all its workers on construction sites. Msheireb Properties firmly believes that the labour force has a major role in driving forward development targets, and actively contributes to all achievements up to date.”
He added: “It is vital that we instil in our workers the importance of adhering to safety rules and regulations so that they operate in the safest possible environment. The programme will also lead to minimising injuries onsite and help maintain our workers’ excellent safety record to date.”
Encouraging best practice is the main purpose behind the new Msheireb Properties Safety Awards Program. The two main categories of awards of the scheme are for workers and contractors. The workers will receive a Collective Achievements Award to reward them for achieving pre-set milestones in “Loss Time Injuries” and Individual Achievement Awards to recognise a single worker’s strict adherence to proposed safety instructions. Prizes include useful items such as prepaid phone cards, prepaid purchase vouchers, cinema tickets and household goods. The Contractors Award, audited by the Health Safety and Environment (HSE) department, will be presented to one contractor every quarter in the form of a Msheireb Properties Safety Trophy with a certificate of achievement.
As part of the established Safety Program, the company ensures that all new hires go through an induction training prior to their involvement in the project. Procedures in place include daily toolbox talks by supervisors and weekly ones by the HSE staff; Risk Assessment done by every contractor; and daily inspection of the work area carried out by the HSE staff to identify any unsafe conditions or actions, if any. The External auditors conduct a Bi-Annual HSE audit, which is in addition to monthly HSE audit conducted by the internal HSE Officer.
Arrangements for the summer working conditions are being set up through the project’s contractors, who have introduced various measures to ensure adequate cool drinking water and enforcing the mid-day break. These include increasing the number of water coolers, installing ice makers and water stations and stocking up with rehydration salts. These are being distributed through the first aid stations.
Inspired by Qatar’s Vision 2030 and part of its ongoing corporate social responsibility initiatives, Msheireb Properties also announced that it started to offer free career-advancing IT training for on-site workers involved in the ground-breaking redevelopment. With education as a significant pillar of the project’s CSR strategy, the training course aims to educate workers and raise their professional skill set.
About Msheireb Properties
Msheireb Properties is a real estate company and a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation. The company was established as a commercial venture to support the Foundation’s aims, as well as the goals of Qatar’s 2030 Vision.
Msheireb Properties’ mission is to change the way people think about urban living and improve their overall quality of life, through innovations that encourage social interaction, respect for culture, and greater care for the environment.
Msheireb Properties spent three years researching Qatari architecture and numerous approaches to urban planning all over the world with the most respected experts in the industry – in order to realise an architectural language rooted in the best of the past that may be preserved for and by future generations.
The company’s name, Msheireb, means ‘a place to drink water’ and is the historical name of the downtown area of Doha. The company’s corporate identity depicts the mouth of a stone well, a feature of traditional Gulf societies, and its distinct ink effect evokes classical Arabic calligraphy.
Msheireb Properties recently achieved ISO certification from the British Standards Institution for quality (ISO 9001:2008), environmental performance (ISO 14001:2004), and occupational health and safety (BS OHSAS 18001:2007).
The company has also earned widespread industry recognition, including at the MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards in Cannes, France.
In May 2011 Msheireb Properties launched a dynamic research project with the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. This joint exercise will examine the potential for sustainable urban development in the Gulf and produce a shared intellectual resource, the Gulf Encyclopedia for Sustainable Urbanism, to encourage best practice.