Outdoor work ban to be issued earlier this year

Taking into consideration the scorching heat outdoors, and onset of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) is studying the prospect of banning outdoor work from 11am to 4pm from this week.

Prohibition of outdoor work  during summer, which usually takes place from 1 June to 31 August, is to be brought forward this year in view of the unexpectedly blazing heat experienced in May, which on several days has hovered above 45 degrees Celsius.

The decision to be implemented by the Civil Service Commission, has been taken from a purely humanitarian point of view given the month of fasting  and taking into account the hardships that people who are fasting undergo when working outside, said a representative of PAM.

The decision is in accordance with the provisions of Article 64 of Law No. 6 of 2010 on the work in the private sector, which authorizes the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor to reduce working hours when conditions  that cause exhaustion or are harmful to the health of workers arise.

Since Article 64 does not specify a fixed date for implementing an outdoor work ban in summer, the authority had the right to bright forward the date this year in view of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

On another issue related to workers, the Deputy Director of the Public Authority for Planning and Administrative Development, Dr, Mubarak Al-Azmi, said a meeting was held with representatives of the Association of Engineers and the Union of Engineering Offices and the consultancy houses and the Federation of Industries, to discuss the issues related to the mechanism implemented to accept the technical skills of foreign engineers, and the tests held to assess their qualification at the Association of Engineers.

Al-Azmi said in a statement yesterday that the Authority is working in coordination with the relevant authorities to achieve the national policy for the adoption of professional skill tests in several professions, including the registration of engineers in all specialties. He added that cooperation with the association has succeeded in achieving the objectives for which tests were held.

He pointed out that the representatives of the Federation of Offices and Industries, have requested the activation of all procedures related to the tests of engineers in order to speed up the processes and shorten the documentations involved.