In implementation of the Ministerial Resolution No. (17) for the year 2021, regarding setting working hours for work performed under the sun or outdoor work sites during the summer period, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) announced the end of the period for implementing the decision, which directs employers to ensure no one is working outside from 10 am until 3:30 pm under the sun, or for workplaces that are exposed and not shaded or unventilated, for the period from 1 June to 15 September of each year.
The Ministry's Labour Inspection Department has worked to implement intensive inspection campaigns since the beginning of June 2021, with the aim of ensuring that companies adhere to the specified times and the necessary precautions to protect workers from heat stress, which consisted of allocating shaded resting places that are easy for workers to access, and that are effective in protecting against radiation, sun and high temperatures when resting, with appropriate personal protective equipment for hot weather, and appropriate work clothes to prevent the risk of heat stress.
The field visits carried out by the Ministry’s inspectors at work sites from last June until 15 September resulted in the violation of 338 companies, most of which work in the quarrying sector in various regions of the country. Protecting workers from the danger of heat stress, and legal measures were taken in this regard. From this point of view, the Ministry urges business owners to continue spreading awareness and concern for occupational health and safety at work sites, taking into account the various conditions surrounding work sites.
The Ministry calls on companies to create a work environment in a way that helps mitigate the risks of heat stress that workers may be exposed to and to develop joint plans with companies and workers to assess the risks of heat stress, mitigate its effects and update them periodically, while providing training for all workers on dealing with heat stress, and providing workers with everything required to ensure an ideal and healthy work environment.
In this context, the MADLSA Labour Inspection Department is working to raise awareness of employers and workers. The Ministry is committed to spreading awareness and education through the Ministry’s media and in several languages, with the aim to ensure workers receive the necessary awareness about occupational safety and health at worksites throughout the year.
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