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Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation monitors midday break using smart inspections

ABU DHABI, 13th June, 2017 (WAM) -- The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has ordered 18 inspection teams to observe compliance levels of the midday break rule across the country utilising a smart inspection system.

The midday break prevents people from working under direct sunlight between 12:30 – 15:00 between June 15th and September 15th.

Maher Al Obed, Assistant Under-Secretary of Inspection Affairs, pointed out that the inspectors' monitoring activities began on 7th June to ensure prompt issuance of safety instructions, distribution of awareness leaflets to both employers and labourers, and to warn of the dangers associated with performing activities in hazardous conditions.

"Inspectors are scheduled to pay visits two hours prior to the 12:30 starting point, to secure targeted locations as marked by the smart inspection system. The system analyses data, following specific criteria, to prioritise follow-ups accordingly, all to ensure speed and accuracy," Al Obed said.

The Ministry is targeting 60,000 inspectional visits across the UAE, "We dedicated three inspection teams in Abu Dhabi, two in Al Ain, four teams in Dubai, two in Sharjah, two in Ajman, two teams in Ras al-Khaimah, two in Fujairah and one team in Umm Al Qaiwain," he said.

Companies penalised for wrongdoing are welcome to submit an objection letter to the Ministry to query the penalty, thus ensuring complete transparency.

"I am completely confident that we shall note a high level of compliance, similar to that noted in previous years, employers are aware of the rule and the harsh consequences," he said.

The Decree, which has now run for 13 consecutive years, aims to prevent any sort of work related injuries and divides working hours between morning and evening shifts, to a total of eight hours daily, with overtime being compensated as per the relevant law.

The Ministry has urged employers to provide all necessary means to protect workers against injuries and illnesses during their working hours and to educate them on keeping safe at the workplace.

Violating companies will be fined AED5,000 per worker to a maximum of AED50,000 if the case involves a large number of workers. The company can be downgraded and possibly even temporarily stopped from operating.

In exceptional cases where continuous work is required, employers must provide workers with cold water and other items recommended by the country’s health authorities such as salt and lemon. They must also provide first aid, air-conditioners, sunshades and cold water.

Work excluded from the break includes work on mixed asphalt poured concrete if it is impossible to implement or supplement the necessary work in one day, or doing work to prevent expected danger, reparation, damage, malfunction or loss. Emergency work includes cutting power lines, maintaining the water supply, sewerage issues, electricity, the cutting off of traffic or blocking of public roads, as well as cutting gas pipelines or working on interruptions to the flow of petroleum.