Employee safety during Ramadan

One of the five pillars of the Muslim faith is fasting during the month of Ramadan, which is taking place between 11 March and 9 April in 2024.

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. Throughout this period, they are encouraged to fast and to give to charity, to show kindness and patience and to strengthen their relationship with God.

During Ramadan employees of the Muslim faith could abstaining from eating and drinking, including water, during daylight hours.

Employers can put in place arrangements to support their staff and ensure their safety during this time.

There could be health and safety risks from the effects of fasting, which include a lack of concentration, stress and dehydration, therefore, it’s important staff members can spot the signs and symptoms of fatigue.

Employers can support Muslim staff during Ramadan by undertaking the following:

  • Carry out a risk assessment and address any potential issues.
  • Plan work activities to accommodate employees fasting.
  • Increase awareness of the warning signs of fatigue and dehydration.
  • Encourage employees to have breaks if they are fatigued.
  • Ensure adequate supervision is in place and try to avoid lone working for fasting staff.
  • Ensure that suitable first aid arrangements are in place.

Aegis has experienced and knowledgeable staff who can advise companies on how to ensure safe working conditions are adhered to. If you would like more information, get in touch with our team of experts today.