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Salalah forum appeals for GCC-wide roadmap to enhance workplace safety

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The GCC Forum on Occupational Safety and Health concluded in Salalah here on August 28 with delegates calling for, among other objectives, a collaborative roadmap to enhance occupational safety and health within the Gulf countries.

The two-day forum, hosted by Oman’s Ministry of Labour, opened on Sunday under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Marwan bin Turki al Said, Governor of Dhofar. The forum focused on modern technologies for occupational safety and health, as well as the promotion of a safety culture in workplaces.

Distinguished experts from the Arab Labour Organisation, Gulf Cooperation Council nations, and Oman convened at the Millennium Hotel for discussions encompassing the impact of contemporary technologies on occupational safety, strategies for addressing psychological and social workplace risks, the significance of cooperative partnerships for safety-oriented cultures, and advancements in safety standards and regulations. The forum featured working papers from local and international experts and sought to share insights, promote cooperation, and raise awareness about occupational safety.

In other recommendations, the delegates urged the Arab Labour Organisation to create a comprehensive guide outlining essential indicators for measuring occupational health and safety performance (KPIs) and promoting their use across Arab nations.

They advocated for joint collaboration among Gulf countries' labour ministries to develop a robust training methodology for inspection teams and health and safety officials.

The forum proposed mutual field visits among Gulf countries to sectors tied to occupational health and safety, fostering knowledge sharing and learning, especially within sectors like oil.

It highlighted the importance of extending insurance protection to GCC citizens working in non-GCC countries against work-related injuries and diseases.

Attendees emphasised the need for nurturing a safety culture in both public and private sectors, where occupational safety takes precedence, informed by scientific and practical knowledge.

Additionally, the Forum called for active engagement in international organisations and the establishment of dedicated associations for advancing occupational safety.

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