Afternoon outdoor work ban ends in Bahrain with 99.7% success rate
The Bahrain Labour Ministry’s specialised teams carried out 13,658 surprise and regular inspection visits to work sites
The rate of compliance with the summer afternoon outdoor work ban in Bahrain has reached 99.7%, according to the kingdom’s Labour and Social Development Minister, Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan.
The afternoon outdoor work ban, based on the humanitarian and economic dimensions of Bahrain’s ministerial Edict 39/2013, aims to protect construction workers from the dangers of working in the summer heat.
While commenting on the end of the afternoon outdoor work ban for this summer, Humaidan said that the Labour Ministry’s specialised teams had carried out 13,658 surprise and regular inspection visits to work sites during the ban, which started on July 1 and ended on August 31.
The inspection teams reported 30 violating establishments and 42 workers, noting that legal action will be taken against violators.
The minister praised the compliance of the majority of establishments and companies, emphasising the government’s keenness to support all measures aimed at protecting workers and ensuring their safety at various work sites, out of its interest in protecting human rights.
Humaidan stressed that Edict 39/2013, as well as the civilised behaviour of employers and workers, place the kingdom among the advanced countries in terms of ensuring the rights of workers, through providing a safe and secure work environment free from injuries and occupational diseases.
Under Edict 39/2013, a jail term not exceeding three months, and/or a fine of $1,326 - $2,652 (BD500 – BD1,000), will be inflicted on violators, according to the state-run Bahrain News Agency.