Bahrain to begin two-month Summer outdoor work ban from 1 July

The Summer outdoor work ban from July to August is implemented under Ministry of Labour and Social Development's Edict 39/ 2013

Summer afternoon outdoor work ban in Bahrain to begin on 1 July [representational]
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Summer afternoon outdoor work ban in Bahrain to begin on 1 July [representational]

In its move to safeguard the health and safety of workers against extreme heat during the Summer months, Bahrain will begin its two-month afternoon outdoor work ban from 12 to 4 PM, starting 1 July to 31 August.

As part of the annual work-break, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development said that all preparations have been made to begin supervision of the implementation of the work ban, under the ministerial Edict 39/ 2013.

The annual ban safeguards workers from heat exhaustion and sunstroke as well as helps prevent summer-related diseases. This, in turn, also helps to reduce occupational incidents caused due to the soaring temperatures and humidity.

According to Bahrain News Agency, the annual work-ban is being implemented in line with the kingdom’s commitment to human rights principles and providing a secure and healthy work environment.

As part of the initiative, the labour ministry has also launched an awareness-raising campaign, urging employers and workers to comply with the provisions of the edict.

The campaign saw the ministry distribute multilingual brochures, leaflets, and posts including information about the negative effects of high temperatures on workers’ health and safety, and  productivity.

The ministry has also conducted virtual workshops to promote the culture of protecting workers’ health and safety at work sites in summer.

Explaining the outdoor work ban, the Minister of Labour and Social Development, Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, stated that the implementation of outdoor afternoon work ban is the best means to achieve the goal of providing a secure and safe work environment for workers.

According to the minister, in the past, an average of 98% of private sector companies had complied with the ban.

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