17 September 2014, DUBAI – Unbearable heat in the gulf region often damage thousands of People’s life while they are working long hours under the summer heat in open areas.
Workers who works outside the building has mandatory mid-day break imposed by the government where as companies should provide mid-day break during the pick hours from 12:30-4:30 PM which temperature could rise up to 50 degrees during the summer time. The rule was officially monitored in construction sites such as building, roads, port and any other means of construction where air conditioning system are not available for workers.
The rule is officially over from September 15 for this year but some companies are still implementing the rule until the summer heat is over which may last for another month or so in the UAE.
According to the news sources, Approximately four million workers employed at construction, contracting and building sectors will revert to normal working hours from today after the midday break rule ended on Sunday.
The midday break rule becomes effective every year from June 15 to September 15. The rule protects outdoor workers from direct exposure to the sun by prohibiting them from outdoor work between 12.30pm and 3pm.
The mandatory midday work break aims to ensure the well-being of laborers who work in the scorching heat during summer months.
The implementation of the afternoon work ban decision, which has now run for 10 years, is in line with the integrated policies and initiatives of the labor market to ensure interests of both the production sides and workers, being important partners in the production and development process.
Employers were obliged to provide workers with shaded areas during that period, aside from ensuring a safe working environment at all times.
The Ministry of Labor is satisfied with the rising level of commitment in applying the decision, praising the initiatives taken by private enterprises during the past years in implementing the ban ahead of the notified time.
About 99.88 per cent of companies subjected to the Ministry of Labors raids were found following the rule, according to statistical figures released by the ministry.
The ministry had formed 18 teams to follow up and ascertain how observant the companies are of the rule.
The ministry is also considering imposing penalties on 56 firms that did not abide by the rule. These establishments accounted for 0.12 per cent, while about 44,779 establishments were found to have observed the rule.
As per the ministry’s decision, any establishment flouting the rule would risk a fine of Dh15,000.
Source: Based on a Local News Paper/ KT