Young people seek OSH solutions at SafeJam 2019

Event highlights importance of engaging youth in strengthening OSH culture in Qatar

News | 09 May 2019
An ‘OSH-tackle’ course – one of the prototype ideas developed by SafeJam participants
University and college students from across Qatar have come together to increase the awareness and active participation of young people in the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) field.

SafeJam 2019 saw teams of Youth Champions develop 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 Jaber Al Merri, Senior Occupational Health and Safety Specialist at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.

During the two-day SafeJam the 30 students worked together in small groups to identify and assess OSH challenges. They then embarked on a “design thinking” process to develop concepts and pieces as well as build prototypes to tackle specific OSH issues.

Ideas generated by participants included the use of social media to spread OSH messages, the development of an ‘OSH-tacle’ course to help raise OSH awareness amongst construction workers, a play to reach out to young children and a mobile OSH-bus to spread awareness amongst workers at various sites.

After presenting their ideas to a panel of judges the OSH-bus was declared the winner, not only for its potential to reach out to many workers but also for its intended purpose of also bringing workers and management together to tackle OSH issues.

Amongst the participants was Esther Andrews, a student nurse at Calgary University in Doha, who said: “As young people we often don’t even consider safety but it is so important to understand that safety and health matters. I am now thinking about setting up a club in the nursing school to promote OSH as I am sure so many students do not know about it.”

SafeJam 2019 took place at College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) from 24-25 April 2019 as part of the first ‘OSH Month’ held in Qatar which saw a wide range of OSH related activities take place during the month of April.
“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.

SafeJam 2019 was organized by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA), CNA-Q and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).