ADLSA announces non-working hours in open workplaces for this summer
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (ADLSA) announced the start of Decision No. 17 for the year 2021, regarding the necessary precautions to protect workers from heat stress in openwork sites during summer.
The Ministry said today that special working hours in open workplaces during summer will be effective from June 1 until September 15 and warned of strict action against companies who do not comply.
The work done under the sun or in open workplaces must be stopped between 10 am and 3:30 pm.
The Ministry affirmed that the employer should set a schedule for determining the daily working hours in accordance with the provisions of this decision and place this schedule in a visible place to make it easier for all workers to view, and labor inspectors can notice it upon their inspection visits.
The Ministry said that the new decision helps reduce the risks of heat stress that workers may be exposed to and supports health and safety plans to be implemented during the summer period.
The Ministry stressed the necessity of stopping work in open spaces if the temperature index of the Wet Bulb Global Gauge (WBGT) exceeds 32.1 degrees Celsius in a specific workplace, regardless of when this occurs. It should be noted here that the spherical wet bulb temperature measuring device considers the surrounding environment temperature, humidity, solar radiation, and wind speed.
Some points mentioned by the ministry in the announcement are as follows.
1- Developing a joint plan with companies and workers to assess the risks of heat stress and mitigate its effects and update it periodically, provided that a copy of the assessment is kept in the workplace for the labor inspectors to review.
2- Provide training for all workers in dealing with heat stress by the month of May of each year.
3- Providing free drinking water to all workers at a suitable temperature throughout the work period.
4- Providing shaded rest areas that are easily accessible to workers and are effective in providing protection from sunlight and high temperatures when resting.
5- Providing workers with personal protective equipment suitable for hot weather, including light, loose-fitting, and light clothing.
6- Conducting annual medical examinations to diagnose and manage chronic diseases that may contribute to the risk of heat exhaustion at no cost to the worker, while keeping records of those examinations.
7- Training paramedics and occupational safety and health supervisors in the workplace to provide directions and first aid to workers.
8- Adopting the measurement of the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature (WBGT), considering all climatic parameters such as sunlight, relative humidity, air temperature, and wind speed, with regard to this assessment, and taking the necessary actions in the event of an increase in the index.
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