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(ESC)- (QU) takes precautionary measurements to combat Coronavirus | Qatar University

(ESC)- (QU) takes precautionary measurements to combat Coronavirus

2020-03-30 00:00:00.0
د. حمد آل سعد- مدير مركز العلوم البيئية في جامعة قطر

Dr. Hamad Al Saad Al-Kuwari, Director of the Environmental Science Center (ESC) at Qatar University stated: “Workers at the center received advanced training in occupational safety.”
The Center announced the measures taken at the Center under the current circumstances, as part of what the university is currently working on as a precautionary measure to combat the spread of the new Corona epidemic (COVID-19).
He said in a statement: “Most of the Environmental Science Center laboratories have international academic accreditation and apply the highest levels of health and safety during work. The technicians in these laboratories are well trained, even before this situation they wore gloves and masks while doing the experiments. In order to prevent the risks of gases, chemical fumes and any possible biological hazards.”
Recently, the center added additional sterilization units in the center with clear instructions on the methods that must be followed to maintain health of themselves and others.
While following the awareness-raising procedures, Al-Kuwari added: "As we mentioned most of the workers in the center are either researchers or technicians who have received advanced training in occupational safety, they do not need much in the field of awareness, yet some instructions were put in place. The additional rules about hand washing, avoiding unnecessary gatherings and preserving public health. The primary center’s work is focused on reducing environmental pollution in general, maintaining the integrity of natural environmental components and improving air quality.”
Regarding the procedures used to facilitate the remote research process, he said: “Most of the research conducted by the center includes global partners from different universities in the world. The researchers at the center are familiar to using communication methods to discuss the results of their research, which includes programs such as: Skype and Webinar, as well as the use of file-sharing services, such as programs: Microsoft Times and Dropbox.
Usually they receive data from the laboratories in an electronic version, often in the form of Microsoft files. Knowing that our researchers understand that they have specific time and date to complete the tasks assigned to them, they are always present in cyberspace to answer inquiries or prepare responses requested by the center’s administration.”
Speaking about the distance learning mechanism and the remote research process, Dr. Hamad said: "Teachers from staff at the center use the software provided by the University for Distance Teaching and these mechanisms need some time for students and professors to get used to, and time is enough to improve these.”
As for research unlike teaching science social media is widely used to consult among researchers around the world and some scientific conferences are often held remotely. He was appointed to a university hall in London, UK, while he was on an expedition to the Arctic. The global network has enabled communication between researchers which will benefit during the time of crisis globally.
It will improve the means of remote communication in order to play a greater role. In the future, to reduce travel and travel between countries, which means as a result reducing environmental pollution globally.