Bahrain in key moves to protect site workers
Manama, July 11, 2012
Key new moves to protect the safety of building site workers in Bahrain have been undertaken by the Housing Ministry, with the signing of an agreement to ensure that international safety standards are strictly adhered to on all projects.
This also extends to the safety of residents, once housing units have been allocated, a statement from the Ministry said. The agreement was signed along with the National Consultative Centre for Vocational Health and Safety Services, to also examine vocational health and safety standards and work to develop them.
The centre’s general manager Alawi Shubber gave a presentation, in the presence of Housing Minister Bassem Al Hamer and other officials.
The international standards and occupational health and safety basics were outlined.
This applies to projects under construction and those completed to ensure safety of all personnel at sites from the start of work to delivery of units.
Due attention will also be given to the use of building materials with high quality and proper standards of construction, to ensure the safety of the house and occupants against any damage or accidents at a later date, the statement said.
The centre will also set up a general health policy in this field and conduct surveys on all housing sites, with the introduction of questionnaires to relevant departments’ heads, directors and engineers, to ensure the application of all vocational safety standards.
In addition, a guide to security and occupational safety will be circulated among engineers, contractors and workers on housing sites. – TradeArabia News Service