Midday break for workers begins this week

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A mandatory midday break for outdoor workers begins soon.

It will be prohibited for labourers and construction site staff to work outside at the hottest part of the day, for three months.

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, issued a decree that comes into force from Friday 15th June to 15th September, from 12.30pm-3pm each day. During that time, the working day will be split into morning and evening shifts.

Firms who violate the ruling could be fined AED 5,000 per worker, up to AED 50,000 if a the case involves a large numbers of workers. Bosses must also give out a clear work schedule to staff and make sure they have access to shade during their break.

Where work must be done in exceptional or emergency cases, employers have to keep workers hydrated with cold water, salt and lemon, as recommended by the country’s health authorities. They must also lay on first aid, air-conditioners, sunshades and cold water.

Otherwise we should see construction sites falling quiet while the sun is at its height – last year during 53,700 inspections by 18 teams across the UAE, over 99 per cent of firms were found to be compliant .




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