Does your work mandate you to work outdoors? If so, it’s important to note that you have to take a mid-day break from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.
The break, which is mandatory, bans any work under direct sunlight between the aforementioned hours, and will come into effect from June 1 and extend until August 31, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Manpower (MoM), last Sunday (May 21).
The MoM has also urged all companies to follow the mid-day break rule; failing to do so will result in fines being levied on violators.
“This ministerial decision was put in place to protect workers from the scorching heat during the summer,” an official at MoM was quoted as saying by local daily, Times of Oman. He added that a special team had been designated to catch anyone found violating the orders. Violations can be reported at 8007 7000.
The mid-day break is announced every year in accordance with Article 16 of the Oman Labour Law for occupational safety and health regulations.
Robert Antony, an electrical engineer based in Muscat, told Y: “My team and I will be in the office during these hours. However, our workforce will be given time off until 3.30pm as per the Ministry’s decision.
“We respect the decision. It is getting hotter by the day, and we admire the Government’s role in supporting all our staff members,” he added.