Kuwait: Authority Issues Ban on Working in Open Areas From June to August
The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has announced that administrative decision No. 535/2015 to ban working in open areas during the noon hours from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm will come into force from the beginning of June to the end of next August, according to reports.
According to sources from PAM, the authority will not tolerate violators of the decision. The inspection teams will follow up its implementation over three months through unannounced inspection campaigns on work sites to monitor any violations and take legal measures against business owners if any violations are detected in this regard.
They said the decision aims to protect workers from the scorching sun during the summer season, and to organize work and not reduce its hours while ensuring that projects that are implemented are not exposed to any harm. The sources said, “Working in open areas during this period of the year is difficult due to the harsh climatic conditions.”
They indicated that the implementation of the decision during the past years was widely accepted and appreciated by companies operating in various sectors, taking into account the public interest and meeting Kuwait’s obligations to implement international labour standards at noon hours.”
The sources affirmed that the implementation of the decision signifies the commitment of business owners to the health and safety of their workers, as well as the keenness to adhere to the controls and regulations of the private sector labour law, and the decisions regulating it.