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UAE workers receive info on midday work ban rights

Abu Dhabi City Municipality has initiated an awareness campaign to educate workers about the dangers of heat stress, and to inform them of their rights regarding the midday work ban

Abu Dhabi City Municipality's campaign will educate workers about the dangers of heat stress.
Abu Dhabi City Municipality's campaign will educate workers about the dangers of heat stress.

Abu Dhabi City Municipality has launched an initiative to educate workers about the dangers of heat stress, and to inform them of their rights relating to the midday work ban.

The ban, which commences today in the UAE, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, prohibits labourers from working in direct sunlight during certain hours of the day.

In the Emirates, labourers are not permitted to work between 12.30pm and 3pm.

The municipality’s initiative aims to train and educate construction workers and to broaden the scope of their knowledge relating to the midday work ban. As part of the scheme, educative brochures – written in five languages – have been distributed at construction sites. The literature is designed to inform labourers and engineers about the health risks caused by excessive exposure to direct sunlight, and explains how to deliver first aid care to heat-stricken workers.

The awareness campaign is also targeting those responsible for managing construction sites. A workshop, entitled ‘Heat Stress and Midday Work Ban’, has already been held, and attracted the participation of 650 contractors and consultants.

The municipality stated that the enforcement of the Ministry of Labour’s decree, which bans outdoor work during the hottest time of the day, is in line with its strategy to provide a safe working environment for workers at construction sites.

The awareness campaign is being conducted in conjunction with the Abu Dhabi Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHAD) and the Ministry of Labour. The UAE’s midday work ban begins today, and will remain in force until 15 September, 2015.

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