Summer midday work ban plans in place

AN awareness campaign has been launched in preparation for Bahrain’s annual summer work ban which starts on July 1.


It includes the distribution of multi-language awareness brochures to all employers and workers emphasising the importance of adhering to the safety measures. 

The GDN previously reported that the ban on outdoor work during the months of July and August would cover more than 30,000 construction sites.

At the same time, strict health measures would be implemented to combat the spread of Covid-19. 

A total of 25 labour inspectors will be out in force to ensure that more than 150,000 labourers are protected from the summer heat and are following social distancing guidelines. 

The two-month ban on outdoor work takes place between midday and 4pm. 

Labour and Social Development Minister Jameel Humaidan said action was needed to protect labourers from heat exhaustion and sun stroke and limit the number of worksite accidents during the scorching summer months. 

He also highlighted that the measures were line with human rights principles to provide employees with a safe and healthy working environment. 

“The brochures contained information about the impact of high temperatures on the health and safety of workers, as well as ensuring a safe working environment without impacting required levels of productivity,” the minister said in an official statement. 

“Virtual workshops will also be provided in light of the current extraordinary circumstances targetting various categories of workers to enhance the culture of work safety, especially during the summer.

 “Finding technical solutions to reduce exposure to high temperatures and humidity is necessary to ensure accidents and illnesses are avoided, especially on construction sites with a higher probability of occupational accidents.” 

He revealed that there had been a 98 per cent compliance to the ban in the past, adding that the ministry would not tolerate any violations this year.

Any cases would be referred to the Public Prosecution and those found guilty would face a jail term of up to three months and/or a fine ranging from BD500 to BD1,000 for each employee caught working outside. 

The GDN previously reported that labour inspectors conducted 11,235 field inspections during July and August last year. 

In 2018, the ministry collected more than BD10,000 in fines from employers who flouted the ban, whereas last year only 56 violations, involving 148 workers, were recorded.




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