Under the patronage of HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, the 2nd Qatar Petroleum Occupational Health (QPOH) Conference will be held on 19-21 November 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Doha, and it will feature local and international experts who will discuss a wide range of topics and issues in the field of occupational health management.

The Director of Administration of QP, Ahmad Ali Al Mawlawi, said:

The conference aims at providing a unique platform for exchanging innovative ideas and sharing knowledge and best practices between occupational health and safety professionals in Qatar’s hydrocarbon industry and internationally renowned speakers and experts, who will join us and share their remarkable experiences in their respective industries.’

Organised by QP in partnership with the SCH, the 2nd QPOH Conference will focus on the theme ‘Innovations for a Healthy Workplace.’  The conference is supported by Qatar Shell as the platinum sponsor, Oryx GTL Limited as the gold sponsor, as well as by Qatargas Operating Company Limited and Qatar Fuel Additives Company (QAFAC) as the silver sponsors.

The Director of Public Health at the Supreme Council of Health (SCH), Dr Mohammed Al Thani, said:

Occupational health and safety is a unique specialty that considers the impacts of work and environment on human health. The occupational health section at the SCH provides inspection and monitoring services, which play a vital role in raising the profile and importance of occupational health and safety. In the future, the SCH will look to build stronger links with the Labor Inspection Department at the Ministry of Labor (MOL) by collaborating on education and training events, campaigns and inspection visits. Working more closely with the MOL through the national committee will improve labor laws and regulations.

More than 250 delegates, consisting mainly of medical officers, occupational health nurses, industrial hygienists, HSE personnel and other industry professionals, have already confirmed their participation in the event. Those interested in attending the conference are welcome to register through the event’s website.

The Deputy Country Chairman of Qatar Shell, Rob Sherwin, said:

The event is an excellent platform to share experience and best practices, and to discuss health innovations in the workplace. At Shell, we firmly believe that we cannot ask our staff to take care of themselves and each other at work every day, if we are not taking steps to look after them ourselves. So occupational health is a key priority for us, as we strive every day to deliver safe and reliable operations.’

According to Acting Manager for Medical Services of QP, Dr Ahmed Al Badran, the 2nd QPOH Conference will feature technical presentations, plenary sessions, poster presentations as well as workshops on the last day of the event. A total of 30 technical papers will be presented over the course of the two-day conference, with 18 poster presentations also to be on display on all days of the event.

The presentations will cover an extensive range of topics, including the emerging health issues in the oil and gas industry, the best practices for creating healthy workplaces, cost-effective health surveillance, handling disability issues in the workplace, and effective case management for occupational health nurses. Other presentations will discuss hearing loss prevention, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, asthma management in industrial areas, work and mental health, and many other timely occupational health issues.

The speakers at the 2nd QPOH Conference will come not only from within Qatar but also from many other countries, including Taiwan, the US, India, Iran, the Netherlands, Malaysia, UK, Ireland, Bosnia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates.

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