There are tangible steps that individuals and employers can take in the days leading up to Ramadan to reduce risk factors.
As an employer, you can remind your people to maintain a balanced diet, drink plenty of water and rest regularly. Those who choose to fast should review their weight, blood pressure sugar levels and check their cholesterol before Ramadan.
Daylight hours during Ramadan this year will be 15 hours 25 minutes in London, 13 hours 18 minutes in Dubai and 12 hours 15 minutes in Kuala Lumpur.
International SOS’ advice for a healthy Ramadan is:
- Eat moderately at Iftar, and make sure to eat Suhour
- Get eight hours of sleep during every 24 hour period
- Wait two to three hours after Iftar before exercising, and focus on lighter activities like brisk walking
- Consult your doctor on how to manage medications and chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
- Try to conduct more difficult work tasks earlier in the day
As schools will again be in session during Ramadan this year roads are expected to be busier, especially in large cities. An increased awareness to drive safely is crucial, particularly in the hour before sunset. Road safety is one of the top hazards for business travellers and each year approximately 1.25 million people die in road accidents around the world and between 20 and 50 million people sustain non-fatal injuries.
Julian Moro, our Regional Security Director says:
“Road safety during Ramadan is a major and often unappreciated danger for travellers and those staying in their home countries. During Ramadan, traffic accidents tend to peak as sunset nears and people rush to Iftar. We would advise people to avoid any unnecessary travel on the roads at this time and take safety measures seriously whenever they are on the roads, whether as a driver, passenger or pedestrian.”
“With 30% of road accidents being work related, travellers, managers and support staff to negotiate the pitfalls and opportunities that exist with a mobile workforce. With a few simple precautions, individuals and employers can reduce the risks associated with being on the road.”