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Summer outdoor work ban kicks off in Bahrain

MANAMA, July 1, 2020

A ban on afternoon work in open spaces throughout Bahrain begins today (July 1), reported BNA, citing the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
 
The annual ban prohibits work from noon until 4 pm throughout July and August.
 
The decision is in line with Bahrain’s concern to protect workers from occupational diseases and injuries, especially during the summer searing temperatures and high humidity.
 
Labor Minister Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan stressed the importance of compliance with the decision, pointing out that the commitment rate in previous years was exemplary with at least 98%.
 
He also emphasized the need to provide workers with the best work equipment to protect them from potential occupational problems related to the hot and humid weather.
 
The ministry said that it will closely monitor the implementation of the decision by around 30,000 companies and establishments, reported BNA.
 
A hotline (17873648) was also set up for the public to report any violations. The ministry's inspection teams will verify the violations and take the necessary measures in this regard.
 
Under the law, violators will face imprisonment for up to three months and fines of at least BD500 ($1317), it added.



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