Weather of Arabia - for the nineteenth year in a row.. It is forbidden to perform work in open places and under the sun, from June 15 to September 15.
DUBAI, June 1, WAM/ The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced a ban on performing work under the sun and in open places from 12:30 pm until 3:00 pm daily, from June 15 to September 15, 2023.
According to the Emirates News Agency, the implementation of the ban comes in accordance with Ministerial Resolution No. (44) of 2022 regarding occupational health and safety and labor accommodations, which aims to provide a decent environment for workers that takes into account their protection from occupational hazards and sparing them injuries and occupational diseases.
It is decided that the daily working hours, in both the morning and evening periods, shall not exceed eight hours during the months of the ban. Employers provide a shaded place to ensure the comfort of workers during their downtime.
His Excellency Mohsen Al-Nasi, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspection Affairs, said: "The health and safety of workers is a major pillar of labor market legislation, as the Ministry is keen to provide appropriate conditions that guarantee a safe work environment for them," pointing out that "the noon work ban The application, which has been applied for the nineteenth year in a row, is consistent with the best professional and humanitarian standards that aim to protect workers from the potential risk of injury resulting from high temperatures during the summer period, especially at noon.
He pointed out that "the decision to ban work at noon has become one of the most important gains in the labor market and an integral part of the work environment in the country and in the societal culture, especially in light of the many initiatives implemented by the ministry's partners and individuals during the summer months, which aim to provide supplies that protect workers." Exposure to heat exhaustion and sunstroke.
Al-Nassi expressed his confidence in the employers' commitment to the provisions of the ban, especially since the past years witnessed high compliance rates, which confirms awareness of the importance of the decision and its effective role in protecting workers from the dangers of direct exposure to sunlight or working in open places during the noon periods.
The provisions of the noon work ban take into account ensuring the continuity of work in a way that serves the objectives of the public interest, as it stipulates the exception of some works in which it is necessary for technical reasons to work non-stop, such as the work of laying the asphalt mixture and pouring concrete if it cannot be implemented or completed after the ban period, and the necessary works To ward off danger or repair faults that affect society in general, such as cutting off water supply lines, cutting off electricity, cutting off traffic, and other major faults.
The exception also includes works whose implementation requires a permit from a competent government agency due to their impact on the flow of traffic and services, and whose completion requires non-stop work, including cutting or diverting main traffic routes, and cutting power lines and communications.
In the event of executing the exempted works, the employer must provide cold drinking water commensurate with the number of workers and the conditions of safety and public health, and means and materials for irrigation such as salts and others that are approved for use by the local authorities in the country, in addition to providing first aid at the work site, and means of industrial refrigeration. Suitable umbrellas to protect from direct sunlight, and to provide a shaded place for workers to rest during their work stoppage.
It is scheduled to impose a fine for violating the provisions and controls of the ban amounting to 5 thousand dirhams for each worker, and a maximum of 50 thousand dirhams in the event of multiple workers who are employed in violation of the controls of the ban.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation receives reports of community members about any case of violation of the noon work ban through the call center at 600590000, which receives calls around the clock and throughout the days in 20 languages, including 3 basic languages, through the automated response system, in addition to receiving communications via the smart application. to the ministry.
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