Bahrain notes 99.5% compliance with 2019 midday work ban

Labour ministry recorded 56 violations involving 148 workers as part of 11,235 inspections conducted between Jul-Aug'19

Bahrain's midday work ban ended on 31 August, 2019.
Bahrain's midday work ban ended on 31 August, 2019.

Bahrain’s midday outdoor work ban, which began on 1 July and ended on 31 August, 2019, recorded a compliance rate of 99.5%, according to the country’s Minister of Labour and Social Development, Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan. 

Humaidan said that the labour ministry carried out 11,235 surprise and regular inspection visits to outdoor sites during the period.

During the two-month period of the work ban, 56 violations involving 148 workers were spotted by the ministry, Bahrain's state news agency, BNA, reported. 

The minister said that legal action would be taken against violators of the work ban, implemented to protect workers from the dangers of working outdoors during extreme summer conditions. 

Commenting on the programme, which has been implemented every year in Bahrain following the issuance of Edict 3/2013, Humaidan said the ministry had noted an increasing rate of compliance among employers, some of which had voluntarily decided to extend the mid-day break.

During the work ban, various campaigns on safety and summer disease awareness were organised by the ministry.

Workshops were also conducted, and leaflets and posters were distributed to make workers aware of the dangers of working in sun during summer months.

According to BNA, as per Edict 3/2013, violators are meant to serve a jail term not exceeding three months, and/or a pay a fine between $1,326 (BHD500) to $2,652 (BHD1,000), for failing to comply with the terms of the midday work ban.

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