MMDA field personnel granted ‘heatstroke break’ until May 31

MMDA field personnel granted ‘heatstroke break’ until May 31

An elderly MMDA personnel directs traffic under the scorching sun, and to protect their health out on the field they were recently granted a 30-minute “heatstroke break” until May 31, 2021.

MANILA — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has again implemented a 30-minute ‘heatstroke break’ policy in a bid to protect the health of its on-duty field personnel during the dry season.

“Our personnel’s health and safety is of paramount concern. This special heatstroke break is available for traffic enforcers and street sweepers who work under the dry season’s searing heat and protects them from heat exhaustion, heatstroke and heat cramps,” MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos enthused.

Under the said policy, on-duty traffic enforcers and street sweepers will be allowed to leave their posts in shifts and take a 30-minute break to rest.

For traffic enforcers who work from 5 am to 1 pm shift, the prescribed ‘heatstroke break’ is from 10:00 to 10:30 in the morning or 10:30 am to 11 am; for those working from 1:00 to 9:00 pm shift, the break time shall be observed from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm or 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm; for those working from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm, the prescribed ‘heatstroke break’ is from 11:00 am to 11:30 am or 11:30 am to 12:00 noon; and for 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm shift, the break time shall be observed from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm or 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm.

For street sweepers who work from 6:00 am to 2:00 pm shift, the prescribed; heatstroke break’ is from 11:00 am to 11:30 am or 11:30 am to 12:00 noon; for those working from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm shift, the break time shall be observed from 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm or 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

“The heat stroke break shall be done alternately by those who are assigned in a particular area to maintain visibility of traffic enforcers and street sweepers and to ensure field operations are not hampered,” Abalos added.

In addition, to avoid heat exhaustion/heat stroke and heat cramps, due to severe wave, a 15-minute break shall be added in case the heat index in Metro Manila reaches 40 degrees Celsius and above.

The heatstroke break shall take effect until May 31, 2021. T. Cabrera/AI/MTVN)

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