Most firms are following midday break rule in RAK

RAS AL KHAIMAH — Most of companies in Ras Al Khaimah are showing their commitment to the midday break rule whose enforcement started earlier last week, according to officials at the RAK Labour Office.

By Sebugwaawo Ismail (Our staff reporter)

Published: Sat 5 Jul 2008, 7:59 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:05 PM

Saeed Rasheed Al Nuaimi, Head of the Labour Office in Ras Al Khaimah, said that following an awareness campaign carried out by the labour inspectors to educate the companies and their workers on the midday break rule, most companies have been found adhering to the law.

He said that six inspectors of the Ras Al Khaimah labour department are conducting an awareness campaign in the various areas of the emirate to educate companies and workers on the importance of the midday break rule and also to identify violators.

In the companies visited during the midday break hours, inspectors found out that most of the companies in the emirate were committed to the rule as workers were found resting.

Only a few violations were registered, said Al Nuaimi.

A senior official from the Ministry of Labour whose inspectors were also collaborating with the RAK labour department said the ministry's focus this year is to educate companies and workers on the midday break rule to protect the workers from the scorching summer heat where temperatures can now go beyond 47 degrees.

The official said that the ministry had organised the awareness campaign in association with the New Medical Centre (NMC) Group. He added that the campaign was focusing on educating labourers on simple and practical measures to avoid dehydration and illness.

A team of experts, including doctors from the NMC Hospital will visit labour accommodations in the different areas of the emirate, said the official.

Officials from Ibrahim Obaidullah Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah said they had received only 5 cases of patients suffering from dehydration and blood pressure due to the heat during this summer compared to the 30 cases received in the same period last year indicating a reduction in the number of people affected by the high temperatures.

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