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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 20 July 2018

Water, shade, breaks – Abu Dhabi employers learn how to keep workers safe in summer heat

Workshop educates construction workers, contractors, consultants and developers about the risks of heat stress

Workers and employers were educated on how to keep safe in the face of the searing summer heat. Chris Whiteoak / The National
Workers and employers were educated on how to keep safe in the face of the searing summer heat. Chris Whiteoak / The National

Offer breaks, make sure there is a constant water supply and that there are shaded areas – that's the advice given to employers by Abu Dhabi City Municipality to protect employees from heat stress.

Roughly 300 people attended a workshop aimed at educating workers, contractors, consultants and developers in the building and construction sector about the risks of heat stress and the means of protecting against it.

It also prompted environment, health and safety specialists to shoulder their responsibilities in implementing and monitoring the compliance with the midday work ban, and ensure the safety and protection of workers from direct sunlight or heat stress due to the soaring temperatures.

A worker takes a midday break at Bur Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National
A worker takes a midday break at Bur Dubai. Chris Whiteoak / The National

The midday work ban was issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and it prohibits working under direct sunlight in open areas between 12pm and 3pm from June 15 to September 15.

High temperatures can lead to injuries among workers, particularly among those working outdoors, and make them vulnerable to sunstroke, heat exhaustion, fainting, cramping and rash.

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