Heat and Rest

DSC_0450Thousands of construction and other workers in Bahrain, who rough it out several hours a day, will have a respite from the severe heat for at least four hours a day from the beginning of next month after a summer afternoon outdoor work ban comes into effect. The noon until 4 pm ban, to protect those working outdoors from heat exhaustion and heat stroke, pioneered in Bahrain several years ago and has led to increased productivity for companies. Workers are falling sick less, they work better in the late evenings and nights and are able to stay away from the sun when it’s at its hottest.
This year, like the last, at least half of the 60-day ban period will be during the holy month of Ramadan when most work sites run at night, with workers taking time off during fasting in the day.

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