Qatar: Midday Work Ban Announced

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Qatar: Midday Work Ban Announced

Gulf Times, 25 May 2022: Qatar’s Labour Ministry has announced the dates of the midday work ban in the country.

Work in open outdoor and shaded places not equipped with appropriate ventilation stands will be banned between 10am and 3.30pm from 1 June to 15 September 2022.

Workers can return to work in the open outdoor workplaces after 3.30pm during this period.

The Ministry has started implementing awareness campaigns on the dangers of heat stress during working hours.

They have done so ahead of the enforcement of Qatar Ministerial Decision No. 17/2021 on the necessary precautions to protect workers from heat stress during summer.

Under the Decision, companies and institutions who have work sites under direct sunlight have to set a schedule specifying daily working hours in line with the Decision and place the schedule in a place which all workers can easily view.

Employers must assess the risks at work sites and conduct the necessary medical examinations for workers to ensure their health and be careful during this period.

They should also comply with the decision on necessary precautions to protect workers from the risk of heat stress.

Work sites which violate the Decision will be closed.

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Benjamin Filaferro