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Protecting Workers from Sun Exposure in Saudi Arabia

Starting from the middle of June, the season of summer is begun by a phenomenon called June solstice where the earth’s axis is aligned perpendicular to the Sun’s direction and striking the tropic of cancer, 23.5° north.

Based on that, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development is imposing a new rule that protects the workers from sun exposure. The law states that workers are not allowed to work during the day, starting from 12 pm to 3 pm. However, there are some exceptions for emergencies.

The ministry is requiring manufacturing industries to train their workers to handle safety procedures. In a season like this, it obliges the labor to wear personal protective equipment or (PPE) such as head helmets, face mask, hand gloves, and other kinds of equipment.

The rule might not be applicable in some places and provinces of Saudi Arabia. It depends on the different temperatures of each region.

The sunburn is very dangerous because it might cause dehydration in the body. If the burn is severe, you can develop swelling and sunburn blisters. You may even feel like you have the flu — feverish, with chills, nausea, headache, and weakness.