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Posted On: 12 June 2021 03:10 pm
Updated On: 12 June 2021 04:08 pm

Action against 44 companies for not complying with summer work ban in open spaces

Vrinda Abilash
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The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADSLA) announced that legal measures were taken against 44 companies for not complying with the Ministry's decision and the necessary precautions to protect workers from heat stress in open work sites during the summer period. The total number of companies that have violated the decision since the beginning of the period of prohibition of work in open places is 98.

The violators were monitored and caught between the period from June 4 to June 9 and legal measures have been taken against them for violating the provision of the decision. The Ministry said that it continues its inspection campaigns represented by the Labor Inspection Department, with the aim of ensuring that companies comply with Ministerial Resolution No. (17) for the year 2021, regarding the necessary precautions to protect workers from heat stress in open work sites during the summer period.

Ministerial Decision announced on 26 May 2021

A Ministerial Decision announced on 26 May 2021 introduces a significant expansion of summertime working hours during which outdoor work is prohibited.

Under the new rules, workers cannot work outside between 10:00 and 15:30 from 1 June to 15 September. This replaces legislation from 2007, that prohibited work in outdoor workspaces from 11:30 to 15:00, between 15 June and 31 August.

The Ministry stated regarding taking legal measures against companies that violate the provisions of the decision, most of which work in the contracting sector (building maintenance), in the following areas: Al Muntazah, Khalifa City, Al Wakra and Al Wukair, Al Sailiya, Al Kharaitiyat, Al Rayyan Al Jadeed, Ain Khaled, Umm Salal Muhammad, Lusail, Al Dafna, Muraikh, Al Mashaf.

From this point of view, the Ministry calls on all companies in various sectors “the need to adhere to the working hours during the summer for the work that is performed under the sun or in open workplaces, in order to avoid not taking legal measures towards companies that do not take into account the provisions of the aforementioned ministerial decision, noting that these measures come based on Qatar’s keenness to ensure the safety and health of workers and the work environment.”

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Source: MADSLA