There’s smoke, there’s fire, and no one knows how
Causes of most fire incidents in Qatar remain unknown due to poor investigation says health and safety expert at the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health’s flagship Middle East Conference in Doha.
According to a report in Peninsula, the causes of over 1,088 reported fire cases in 2012 were not known. Steve Wood, Director of Safety, Health and Environment, Middle East, Aecom said the reason why so many cases remained unsolved was because “they (authorities) are too busy extinguishing fires and not resourced enough to investigate them.”
He also said that though the Civil Defense had the power to enforce fire and safety standards in the country, keeping up with the fast growing number of structures being erected in the country could be a major impediment for them.
Currently the Civil Defense uses a legislation which is based on the US and UK health and safety standards. Wood said it was necessary for the authorities to adopt one standard legislation and also issue a code of practice to be strictly followed by all clients.
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Meanwhile, Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee also announced during the conference that the Qatar 2022 Worker’s Charter being drafted in collaboration with major stakeholders in the country, will set certain standards for the health and safety of workers in addition to living conditions and wages.