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Saudi Arabia has prohibited working between the hours of 12pm and 3pm

Starting on Saturday, June 15, Saudi Arabia will enforce a ban on working under direct sunlight for all private sector establishments from 12pm to 3pm.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, in collaboration with the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, will oversee the implementation of this ban.

The primary objective of this decision is to ensure the safety and well-being of private sector workers by shielding them from potential health risks and establishing a secure and healthy work environment that aligns with global occupational safety and health standards.

Employers are strongly encouraged by the ministry to adjust working hours in accordance with this ban to help create a safe work environment, enhance efficiency, prevent occupational injuries and diseases, and protect workers from accidents. This proactive approach is expected to lead to improved productivity and overall well-being of the workforce.

To assist in the enforcement of this ban, the ministry has made available the ‘Procedural Guide for Occupational Safety and Health to Prevent the Effects of Sun Exposure and Heat Stress’ on its website.

Additionally, individuals can report violations of the ban on working under direct sunlight by contacting the ministry’s unified number (19911) or through the ministry’s mobile app, which is accessible on smartphones.

By taking these measures, Saudi Arabia aims to prioritize the health and safety of its workforce, promote a culture of occupational safety, and ensure a conducive work environment that fosters productivity and well-being.

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