Posted on April 27, 2019

A gathering of Youth Champions for Occupational Safety and Health, has wrapped up after two days of activities at College of the North Atlantic - Qatar (CNA-Q).

The event saw close to 30 university and college students from across Qatar work together to increase both the awareness and active participation of young people in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) field. SafeJam 2019 was hosted by CNA-Q, and organized by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO), with support from CNA-Q and Sparks (the initiator of SafeJams). "We were extremely proud to host this important event," said CNA-Q Dean of Health Sciences Andrea Smilski. "The issue of safe workplaces is vital in Qatar, and forums such as these allow our students to exchange valuable ideas, and practices."

Teams of Youth Champions will be developing new ways of tackling OSH issues by imagining innovative new products and services and by solving problems in a creative, experimental and collaborative spirit. "SafeJam highlights the important role young people can play in strengthening the culture of Occupational Safety and Health in Qatar," said Mr Jaber Al Merri, Senior Occupational Health and Safety Specialist at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. "By involving young people, SafeJam 2019 brings new perspectives, energy and insight into developing solutions to Occupational Safety and Health issues," said Houtan Homayounpour, Head of the ILO Project Office for the State of Qatar.

The results of SafeJam 2019 will be announced and shared during the International OSH Conference, which opens today, Sunday, in Doha.