The first inspections of 2022 World Cup construction sites and labour accommodation have started.
Acting on an agreement signed in November 2016, Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) have begun the first round of inspection for construction sites and accommodation.
Both parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last November 2016 which came into effect in January 2017.
The MoU covers the inspections, train the trainer trainings and a review of the SC’s current OHS and Workers Welfare Standards, as well as the inspection of grievance mechanisms presently in place.
Dietmar Schaefers, deputy president of IGBAU Germany and chair of the BWI Sports Campaign Group pointed out that the BWI and the SC have been in on-going dialogue over the past three years adding: “and throughout this process we have been able to build trust and confidence in each other resulting in the MoU".
He continued: "The rapid progress on the implementation of the MoU will provide real and practical value to construction workers on the ground in Qatar.
“The signing of the MoU, which the SC did on its own accord, is reflective of the organisation’s commitment to ensure occupational health and safety and welfare of all workers.
“In this regard, we highly respect the SC and its commitment towards Workers Welfare, and this MoU will be an avenue to work together to achieve these goals."
The agreement is founded on a joint undertaking to safeguard the respect of occupational Health and Safety standards on construction sites relating to the 2022 World Cup event.
A key component of the MoU is OHS inspections of both stadium project sites and living facilities.
Only through mutual cooperation and trust has the signing of the agreement been made possible for the first joint inspections to take place this week and will be in full conformity with Qatari laws and the MoU.