Health Consideration During Ramadan

Site managers should consider religious and cultural needs to ensure that the workforce feels valued and supported.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast and engage in prayer and spiritual reflection.

Colleagues should be aware of Ramadan and respect the fact that practising Muslims will not consume food or drink liquids during daylight hours for a month.

Below are examples of how sites have supported Muslim operatives:

  • For Ramadan, the Site Manager prepared a health guide with information collated from medical sources;
  • A toolbox talk detailed the effects of working, sometimes in hot weather, while fasting due to religious principles;
  • Operatives were made aware that some colleagues were not eating during daylight hours;
  • Separate areas of the canteen were made available to give those fasting an area to sit and relax, where no food was consumed;
  • Talks were given to stress the importance of remaining hydrated during the period of Ramadan.

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Second visit Monitor Report, Balfour Beatty, Surrey, July 2014

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