UAE: The mid-day break rule commences in the UAE today and will continue until September 15. Any sort of work under direct sunlight has been banned between 12.30pm until 3pm by The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
Maher Al Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs, reported that “Eighteen teams from the ministry will monitor to ensure the rule is followed through the period. Three teams have been formed in Abu Dhabi, two in Al Ain, four in Dubai, two in Sharjah, two in Ajman, two in Ras Al Khaimah, two in Fujairah and one team in Umm Al Quwain.”
20,000 awareness field visits are planned, which has already begun from May 26. “The teams are ready to hit 60,000 inspectional visits across the nation to make sure all facilities follow the law,” he added in the report.
Also, The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation have formed an internal committee that shall be ready to receive any grievance requests and handle it transparently and objectively.
“Ministry inspectors will, for the first time, deal with smart inspections system, a new mechanism that will make it easier to monitor and document any violations,” said Al Obed as reported by Gulf News.
The decree, which enters its 12th consecutive year was declared by Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation. UAE focuses on general safety and health procedures and to prevent any sort of work related injuries, which the adapts to the international standards.
The working hours shall be divided into two shifts – morning and evening – for eight hours daily. If employees work overtime, then they must be compensated according to the laws, Ghobash pointed out.
The ruling class also have urged the employers to post a clear schedule informing workers of the daily working hours during the mid-day break period, plus providing shelter to them during the resting periods.
Employers are to be provided with all necessary health kits to cater to workers exposed to hazards and dangerous tools.
Violators will be fined
Violators will be fined Dh5,000 per worker if found working during the announced break hours, to a maximum of Dh50,000 if the case involves a huge number of workers. This can also lead to the company degradation and may be possibly stopped from operating temporarily.
In exceptional cases, where continuous work is required, a decree has been launched stating that employers must provide workers with salt and lemon, which is approved for use by health authorities in the country,Humaid bin Deemas, Labour Affairs Assistant Undersecretary made the exceptional case clear.All health care facilities including first aid, air-conditioners, sunshades and cold water should be provided to workers by Employers.
Work on mix asphalt poured concretes if it is impossible to implement or supplement the necessary work in one day or doing work to prevent expected danger or reparation or damage or malfunction or loss and also emergency work, including cutting lines, water supply, sewerage, electricity and cutting off traffic or blocking public roads, in addition to cut gas pipelines or petroleum flow are few of the works excluded from working hours ban.