Occupational Health & Safety Management System workshop to be held in Kuwait

care connection device 1282308 1A one-day workshop on Hospital Occupational Health & Safety Management System, held on behalf of and facilitated by the Ministry of Health, Kuwait, will be held on 8 October at the JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City

The workshop is targeted at hospital healthcare staff, senior staff of public health, quality and infection control departments and all those interested in the field of occupational and environment risk assessment. It will orient the trainees about types of occupational hazards that might be found in the different sections and departments of the hospital, and empower them to establish a health and safety management programme in accordance with the type and characteristics of the hospital. Trainees will be able to accumulate CME Points to maintain medical licenses.

The workshop will be conducted through a mixture of small and medium structured and nonstructured group discussions, case studies, demonstrations, short illustrated lectures, self-work, peer learning, and practicum work.

Facilitators will include Dr Ahmad Al Shatti, director, Occupational Health, at the Ministry of Health, Kuwait; and Dr Mohamed Kamel, Occupational Health consultant at the Ministry of Health, Kuwait.

Hospitals can be hazardous workplaces – if there is a high rate of staff injury and illness, lost work days, increased insurance costs, disruption, poor staff retention and low morale can result. There is a growing recognition that systemic hospital issues can cause workplace injuries and illness – and compromise patient safety.

Safety and health management systems provide a framework for planning, implementing, evaluating and improving hospitals for the benefit of staff and patients. Systematically advancing safety throughout the hospital maximises the effectiveness of hazard prevention programmes. These include: violence prevention, bloodborne pathogens and patient handling. A safety and health management system encompassing all workplace hazards changes the culture in a hospital, evolving from being an isolated, sporadic activity to one that is integrated across all business and operational processes and activities.

“Regular occupational health training is urgently required to spread the concepts and importance of both a culture of safety and decent work,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Shatti,

The workshop precedes the Kuwait Health, Safety & Environment Forum 2019, to take place from 9-10 October at the JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait City, which will once again bring together health and safety professionals, government regulators, policy makers and solutions providers to explore topical health, safety and environment issues.

Held under the patronage of Kuwait’s Ministry of Health, the Forum, which builds on the success of the highly acclaimed inaugural event held in September 2018, will provide a platform for the sharing of insights, expertise and best practice on critical issues across the spectrum of health and prevention, safety and security, environment, risk management and technology.

For further information see the website at www.hse-forum.com.

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