It is important for employers and managers to consider any possible impacts in the workplace and behind the steering wheel. Not eating and drinking during the day can sometimes lead to low blood sugar levels and dehydration.
When combined with potential disturbances to usual sleep routines, it could mean that some employees may suffer from reduced concentration, tiredness, headaches and feeling lightheaded during the day.
Due to these effects, some practicing Muslim professionals may be exempted such as airline pilots or surgeons.
As part of their duty of care, it is advisable for employers to carry out a risk assessment for anyone observing Ramadan to ensure their safety, the safety of work colleagues and members of the public. This can be especially important where employees are operating machinery or driving vehicles.
Road safety studies show that low levels of concentration can affect our reaction times and awareness behind the steering wheel, including reading road signs, speeding and braking. Fleet managers should be aware of these types of risks and may want to have workplace conversations around how observing Ramadan could affect driver behaviour.
Information about Ramadan should also be communicated to non-Muslim employees to encourage a positive, supportive and safe working environment.
The information contained in this bulletin is based on sources that we believe are reliable and should be understood as general risk management and insurance information only. It is not, and is not intended to be taken as, legal advice and/or advice with respect to any specific or individual situation and cannot be relied upon as such.
Date: March 22, 2023