Every worker on a Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) project should understand their wellbeing will be looked after – even when they are not on a construction site. Much of the workers' time will be spent in their accommodation, where life should be as comfortable as possible. The SC regularly looks at new ways to enhance standards of living for our workers – as well as helping them to support their families – and we partner with a number of key stakeholders to deliver on this goal.
We oversee all matters relating to health & safety on our projects – this extends to workers' accommodation. While the SC does not own or provide any accommodation directly to workers, our contractors are responsible for providing appropriate homes to workers for the duration of their time on SC projects. It is our job to make sure those living conditions equate to a healthy standard of living.
The phase one findings of WCM-Q's study demonstrate that educating workers about nutrition can change their behaviours outside of working hours as much as during working hours. Eradicating unhealthy habits – such as the use of tobacco, high salt intake and eating large portions – is vital. These are steps that can be taken by workers at their accommodation sites.
Phase two focused on highlighting the initial findings with an awareness campaign and training sessions carried out for workers and contractors to underline the importance of nutrition. Phase three will include offering nutritional advice and menu enhancements.
The role of sleep deprivation in workers' health is another key facet of WCM-Q research. The effect of missing sleep can be detrimental to the safety of workers. We are educating our workers on this and the other issues identified in the study.
One of the best ways to improve healthy living is offering access to a range of fitness facilities. Our Workers' Welfare Standards mandate a certain level of recreational facilities at all of our accommodation sites. Sporting facilities for workers include gyms, badminton and volleyball courts, football and cricket pitches, and table tennis and pool tables.
Our Workers' Welfare Standards also stipulate that our contractors must provide medical care in accordance with Qatari law. We require that all contractors appoint first aid officers who have completed first aid training provided by a recognised training organisation.
As proof of our commitment to strengthening the above measures, the SC conducted an analysis of all emergency medical facilities on our sites, identifying gaps and weaknesses, and addressing these accordingly. All of our sites were assessed and all have since made provisions to either upgrade their facilities or offer additional training to ensure medical professionals can give the right care to workers.