Bahrain pledges zero-tolerance for midday work ban violations

June 19, 2011

Bahrain’s labour ministry has pledged a zero-tolerance policy towards companies that force staff to work under the scorching heat in July and August.

A ban on all outdoor activities will be imposed during the summer’s two hottest months from noon to 4 pm and teams of inspectors will be out in force to ensure companies abide by the regulations, Subah Al Dossari, the labour ministry undersecretary, said.

The ban, in its fifth year, aims to protect workers, mainly in the booming construction sector, from heatstroke and dehydration.

Employers should inform their employees about the midday work ban and should provide sufficient cool drinking water, Al Dossari said.

Under the ministry’s regulations, a violation of the ban carries a fine of BD50 to BD300 for each worker found on duty during the ban hours.

Several Gulf Cooperation Council countries have introduced the midday ban, but have different timings and a start date.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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