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Wed 27 Feb 2008 02:23 AM

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Public health violators face jail

Bahrain vows crackdown on industries and individuals who pollute environment or put public health at risk.

Organisations and individuals who endanger public health will face jail sentences and fines of up to 10,000 dinars ($27,000) under tough new legislation drafted by Bahrain’s Shura Council.

Any activity, service or facility which endangers public health will be subject to the law, which will also penalise noise, air, land and water pollution, Bahrain's Gulf Daily News reported on Tuesday.

Employers who fail to ensure the safety of workers could face up to three months in jail, under the new law, which will now go to Cabinet for approval.

Shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, salons, factories, and public buildings will all be subject to the law, as will individuals who keep dangerous or diseased animals in their homes, the newspaper said.

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