Developed specifically for those working

in construction in the State of Qatar

Qatar is undergoing an unprecedented boom in infrastructure as a result of an ambitious development plan,

the National Vision 2030 coupled with being awarded the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  Not surprisingly therefore construction represents Qatar’s fastest-growing sector, with the government having pledged $200bn of investment as part of a vast infrastructure expansion scheme, encompassing new roads, stadiums and facilities over the coming decade to transform Qatar. This ambitious development road map has induced an employment boom in the sector where the labour force already stands at hundreds of thousands. It is expected that an additional 500,000 workers will be needed in the run up to the World Cup.


Importance of health and safety within the industry

Considered one of the high risk industries and accounting for such large volumes of human capital, the importance of health and safety practices is paramount to ensure the safety of all involved and the successful delivery of projects.


What is Qatar Safety First (QSF)?

Developed in collaboration with local and international partners, Qatar Safety First (QSF) is a health and safety awareness training programme developed specifically for construction workers in the State of Qatar. Qatar Safety First has been designed and developed using industry specific standards and with input from local subject matters experts.


The programme aims to ensure that all workers in the construction sector will have the essential knowledge of health and safety; contribute towards a safe work environment and minimise risk of harm to themselves and others. Qatar Safety First will help benchmark and build a culture of safety for workers and employers within Qatar’s construction industry, which in turn will provide benefits to the State of Qatar.





Qatar Safety First course content


The Qatar Safety First course comprises the following training modules:

 Health and Safety Awareness Induction

 Health and Welfare

 Safety Observation

 Working in Extreme Heat

 Working at Height

 Trenching and Excavation

 Lifting and Rigging


Road Transport

Mobile Plant and Pedestrian Interface

Working in Confined Spaces

Working in Poor Light

Electrical Safety

Hot Works

Manual Handling




Qatar Safety First comprises the following key components:


  • An interactive and visual training course comprising key topic modules in three languages (English, Hindi and Arabic)
  • Self-paced learning and delivery through mobile devices
  • Assessment based certified learning to ensure sufficient and effective knowledge transfer
  • Certification for each learner to confirm course completion and competency, renewable every two years
  • Recorded and auditable training records for all participants
  • Qatar Safety First hard hat identification sticker for all certified workers
  • Dedicated training co-ordinators/ project managers to ensure structured and effective delivery






Qatar Safety First will deliver a number of key benefits:


For the State of Qatar:

  • Drive a positive safety vision that is standardised and sustainable for
  • the country
  • Set by example a high quality safety culture for construction in the region
  • Be amongst internationally recognised countries promoting best practice health and safety initiatives
  • Can be easily rolled out across public and private sector projects
  • and programmes
  • Improve workplace safety and culture
  • Reduce site accidents and lost time injuries
  • Improve company productivity
  • Efficient induction of large groups
  • Ability to register and monitor staff with safety awareness competency
  • Positive corporate image and recognition for innovative training




For the Employee:

  • Improve health and safety awareness
  • Improve attitudes and behaviour towards safely
  • Empowerment to identify unsafe conditions and behaviour and have the ability to stop them
  • Improve morale and confidence to work safety
  • Improve employability


For the Construction Firm:



Registered in the State of Qatar, the team behind Accendere Gulf Trading has been producing and delivering knowledge and training solutions since 1985, serving some of the world’s largest organisations across multiple industries from financial services, public sector, health care, aeronautics and aviation to pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals.





Qatar Safety First has been developed in collaboration with our strategic partners Silatech and Pearson Qualifications International.


Silatech is a regional social initiative that works to create jobs and expand economic opportunities for young Arabs. Silatech promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation and engagement of young people in economic and social development. Learn more about Silatech at



Pearson, a British multi-national conglomerate, is the world’s leading awarding organisation. With over 100 years of education and training experience in over 100 countries, the Pearson Assured certification of the programme will ensure that Qatar Safety First is recognised as a quality assured and approved training programme worldwide, delivering on the needs and expectations of the industry.


Pearson is proud to be part of a programme that makes workplace safety a priority within the construction industry and that is contributing to a safety-conscious work environment in the Middle East.

Learn more about Pearson at




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