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Saudi Arabia: Health and safety

Original and updating authors: Hesham Al Homoud and Zahir Qayum, Al Tamimi & Company

Consultant editor: Sara Khoja, Clyde & Co LLP

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Summary

  • Employers and employees have various duties regarding health and safety. (See Duties on employers and employees)
  • There is no general statutory requirement for employers to appoint safety representatives, and no statutory entitlement for employees to elect or appoint such representatives. (See Safety representatives)
  • The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development is responsible, through its labour inspectors, for monitoring and enforcing the application of employment legislation, including health and safety provisions. (See Enforcement and penalties)
  • Compensation for occupational injury or illness is provided by a statutory "occupational hazards" insurance scheme, administered by the General Organisation for Social Insurance, and employers must register their employees under this scheme and contribute the equivalent of 2% of the employees' pay for the insurance. (See Compensation for occupational injury or illness)