The UN study says heat mitigation steps taken by the World Cup organising committee were ‘moderately to highly acceptable’ [Maya Alleruzzo/EPA]

Improved safeguards and working hours are needed to further protect labourers in Qatar from the effects of heat and humidity, the United Nations said, as it published new research.

Qatar has come under scrutiny for conditions faced by its hundreds of thousands of migrant workers as it prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.

The risks of Qatar’s heat and humidity were again thrust into the spotlight at the recent World Athletics Championships in Doha when women’s marathon runners collapsed because of the conditions, despite the race being staged at midnight.

Humidity hovered around 73 percent and the temperature was 33 degrees Celsius

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