DOHA: As temperatures rise in Qatar, the national safety campaign, Kulluna, will again visit construction sites and outdoor workplaces across the country to raise awareness about the importance of protection against heat.
Last year, Kulluna representatives visited over 50 work sites and other locations and distributed packs containing items to help workers beat the heat, such as a reusable water bottle, a cap, fresh fruits, a regular water bottle and a cooling bag for liquids.
The teams also distributed leaflets in five languages so that workers revisit information at their convenience and share with friends and colleagues.
Dr Khalid Abdulnoor Saifeldeen, Director, Hamad International Training Centre, said the campaign was being brought back because of the success of last year’s efforts.
“With summer being one of the longest seasons in Qatar, it is important for us to educate everyone and raise awareness about heat-related illnesses and how to prevent them.
“The aim of the ‘Beat the Heat’ campaign is to reduce the number of heat-related illnesses by educating the public, particularly those who work outdoors and their employers, on how to stay safe. By taking a few simple steps, you can prevent these illnesses.”
Gary Sykes, President, ConocoPhillips Qatar, said, “We are pleased that the ‘Kulluna Beat the Heat’ is being re-launched for the second consecutive year.
“The campaign has achieved a great deal in Doha and beyond. The unique approach adopted by the Kulluna team allowed us to go directly to construction sites and reach out to workers, teaching them about how to stay healthy, especially during the hot summer months.
“Last year’s edition attracted large-scale attention and equipped more than 20,000 workers throughout Qatar with the knowledge and tools to be safe and healthy while working outdoors in the heat.”