UAE introduces 6,000 rest areas for delivery workers during the "noon work ban"

Omar Abbas - | Mix

A novel program to improve the well-being of delivery service employees around the country has been introduced by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization in partnership with public and private organizations.

Six thousand specially designated rest zones will be created when the "noon work ban" takes effect on June 15 and lasts until September 15. In order to make these rest areas easily accessible for the workers, an interactive map will also be made available.

Prioritizing Safety and Comfort

This endeavor underscores a concerted effort to ensure the health and safety of delivery service providers by fostering a secure working environment for them.

Collaboration with well-known delivery platforms like "Talabat," "Deliveroo," "Noon," and "Careem," as well as partnerships with the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai, the Integrated Transport Center in Abu Dhabi, and economic departments throughout the emirates, all demonstrate the Ministry's dedication to the cause. Furthermore, a plethora of eateries, retail establishments, shopping malls, and cloud kitchens have committed to providing rest areas for delivery drivers.

In a recent press statement, the Ministry reaffirmed its unwavering dedication to fostering the best possible safe and healthy work environment for all workers. Through collaborative efforts with governmental bodies, private sectors, and community stakeholders, the Ministry endeavors to uphold the highest health standards and safeguard the well-being of workers.

Recognizing the distinctive nature of the delivery services sector, characterized by dispersed workers and time-sensitive deliveries, particular attention is being given to addressing the challenges posed during the "noon work ban." This sector's operational dynamics necessitate tailored solutions to ensure timely and safe deliveries.

365 safe and air-conditioned rest stops were made available as part of the successful project last year; this year's effort is a cooperative effort including a wider range of partners. The development of rest areas demonstrates a shared concern for the health and safety of delivery personnel, especially in the face of summertime heat waves.

The "noon work ban" mandates employers to furnish shaded resting areas, adequate cooling mechanisms, and ample cold drinking water for workers. Additionally, provisions for irrigation materials and first aid kits are required to be in place, ensuring compliance with safety and health standards.

Community Engagement

Community members are encouraged by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization to report any infractions of the "noon work ban" via the Ministry's website, smart application, and dedicated phone center. By being proactive, we hope to protect worker rights and promptly resolve any violations.

The step taken by the Ministry demonstrates its steadfast dedication to putting delivery service workers' well-being first. It attempts to establish a more secure and comfortable working environment by encouraging cooperation amongst stakeholders and putting preventative measures in place, guaranteeing that workers' health and safety always come first.

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