The afternoon work ban decision for workers at work sites will be effective from July 1 until the end of August, announced Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development Sabah Salem Al-Dosari.

He added that the afternoon work ban starts from 12 at noon until 4pm for two months and violators will be held responsible. He stated that the penalty is in accordance with Law No. 3 of 2013 is imprisonment for three months or fine ranging from BD500 to 1000.

Al-Dosari explained that the decision, which implemented every year, has been taken due to the high temperature in this period of the year in Bahrain, indicating that this decision targets 31 thousand establishments and around 150 thousand workers.

Al-Dosari assured that a circular from the Ministry will soon be issued to all concerned parties, including contracting companies, communities and foreign embassies as well as awareness booklets. He praised cooperation by some concerned bodies with the Ministry of Health as specialists will be giving lectures on the dangers of working after the afternoon, dangers of sun strikes and summer diseases. Lectures, he said, will be targeting the largest number of workers.

Al-Dosari stressed that the targeted companies are the ones working in the contracting sector. He pointed out that 25 inspectors from the Ministry of Labor will always be present at the work sites of the contracting companies to follow up on the implementation of the decision to ban work during the afternoon.