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KUWAIT CITY, July 21: The management of the National Center for Occupational Health and Safety in the Public Authority for Manpower said that the noon work team was able to monitor a number of violations at the new maternity hospital in the Al-Sabah Medical District, reports Al-Jarida daily. Head of the Noon Work Team Hamad Al-Makhial said in a statement to KUNA that the team conducted an inspection tour of the hospital, Wednesday, to ensure the extent to which business owners applied the decision to ban workers at noon, in order to protect their health and safety of all workers due to the scorching heat. He explained that the methods followed by the team to register the violation start in the first stage by giving the worker a citation to “ honor the law which bans working under direct heat of the sun from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm” and hand it to the employer to warn him.
He stressed there is cooperation from a large number of companies with the team to avoid allowing workers in the open during the mentioned period, indicating that the team’s work comes in implementation of the role of Kuwait, which is a signatory to human rights conventions.
Al-Makhial indicated that since the first of last June, the team was able to visit 330 sites, during which 290 violations by companies were detected. It is noteworthy that the ban on employment of workers at noon in open workplaces starts from 11 am to 4 pm from the first of June until the end of August due to the high temperatures, in implementation of the administrative decision No. 535 of 2015.
Meanwhile, the Customer Service Sector in the Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy intends to establish a center for auditing electricity and water bills before their issuance in order to avoid manipulation of the amounts due, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources. Sources disclosed the center will audit invoices in all sectors of the ministry, especially the investment and commercial sectors. Sources stressed that Minister Ali Al-Mousa is keen on ensuring that the invoices are accurate. On the other hand, sources revealed the ‘hidden’ team in the ministry has uncovered a number of irregularities in the performance of employees, confirming that the relevant departments have been notified to take the necessary measures. Sources added the team also monitors the quality of service provided by the ministry and measures it in a scientific and accurate manner, as well as help the employees in improving their performance to better serve the public