Doha Metro safety standards in focus
Doha, January 21, 2014
Qatar Railways recently conducted a workshop with Ministry of Interior and other government entities specialised in the safety field to introduce the details of security and safety standards of Doha Metro.
Qatar Rail invited the Ministry of Interior; represented by Civil Defence, Lekhwiya (Internal Security Force), Traffic Department and Hamad Medical Corporation.
The aim of the workshop was to showcase the best practices in security, health and safety when dealing with incidents and crises in all facets of projects overseen by Qatar Rail.
The co-ordination between Qatar Rail and Civil Defence has found its roots in the early stages of the rail project, thanks to weekly meetings between the Prevention Department at Civil Defence and the Permit Department at Qatar Rail.
These meetings are aimed at ensuring that all architectural designs and mechanical specifications and services of Qatar Rail meet the terms and specifications of Civil Defence Directorate.
The workshop reinforced the importance of early co-ordination between Qatar Rail and Civil Defence Department, as the Civil Defence staff gears up to get ready to deal with any potential cases of fire or other incidents at Doha Metro.
To accomplish this mission, officers from Support Departments in the Civil Defence as well as from the Operations Division, were invited to participate in this workshop to identify the requested equipment and set up alternative plans to deal with fire or accidents.
Qatar Rail showcased in the workshop the factors that it is focusing on during the construction of the rail network, including the safety of work sites, exits and access to emergency services, and telecommunications during emergencies. The company also shared lessons learned from previous Metro-construction accidents in other countries and ways of avoiding them.
During the workshop, a documentary film about Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) introducing the audience to the new technology that will be used in construction of rail tunnels.
Then the floor was opened for questions and answers where Qatar Rail answered questions and took notes of the topics brought up by the concerned authorities to be studied and incorporated into the design criteria in accordance with the international standard designs in metro projects.
This was the first of a series of workshops planned by Qatar Rail and Ministry of Interior. – TradeArabia News Service