Posted on January 20, 2014

Within the framework of on-going co-ordination between Qatar Railways Company (Qatar Rail) and other entities in the country in relation to the ambitious rail project, Qatar Rail conducted a workshop in co-operation 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, encompassing from the initial design phase to the operation phase.

The workshop was held on Sunday 19th of January 2014 at Wyndham Grand Regency Hotel, from 8am to 2pm. 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. It is well known that Civil Defence attaches special importance to the railway project and toQatar Rail, in case of emergency incidents.

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.

Since beginning operations, Qatar Rail has developed strong mechanisms of co-ordination with various entities in Qatar that specialize in safety and security in order to accomplish the highest standards of safety and security.

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.