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KUWAIT has put a ban on making people work under the scorching sun. The summer months are when the mercury shoots up and the heat becomes unbearable. This is the rule rather than the exception in the Middle East and the Gulf.

By The Monitor

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Published: Thu 9 Jun 2005, 9:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:57 PM

People are exposed to high temperatures and high humidity levels. The climatic conditions during the summer months can get to be very harsh, and energy sapping, especially at the workplace, and in sectors like construction, and in the contracting trade.

In the past too, we have been suggesting to the Ministry of Labour the possibility of dividing working hours in a day to two shifts, with the first ending at 12 noon, and the second beginning at 4pm, at least during the months of July and August when heat and humidity can rise to almost vindictive levels.

These proposed work shifts should not, however, apply to those who make a living in relative comfort, in shaded areas, protected from the searing heat and dripping humidity.

Then again, the proposal, it appears, seems to have found some favour going by the response it has received in certain quarters.

This, we think, will not lead to losses to the contracting and construction companies. On the contrary, it will only increase their productivity, and revenues. Exhaustion and performance don't travel the same direction. One goes down, the other goes up. Everything depends on what you want to go up.

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