We seem to be in for a long, hot remainder of July, hot days and warm nights along with a thunderstorm or two. There's plenty to enjoy in warmer weather, but when working it's important to be aware of the risks that the temperature can cause.
We at G&A feel that it's important for employees to be aware of the guidelines when it comes to working during the hotter months.
If you feel able to advocate for yourself in the hotter months, you'll be doing not only yourself a favour but those around you also.
There is no upper temperature limit for working in the UK - it's not an overly common occurrence - instead, the HSE has defined a series of administrative controls that can be helpful to alleviate the stress the heat can place on us.
The HSE advises to:
- reschedule work to cooler times of the day
- provide more frequent rest breaks and introduce shading to rest areas
- provide free access to cool drinking water
- introduce shading in areas where individuals are working
- encourage the removal of personal protective equipment when resting to help encourage heat loss
- educate workers about recognising the early symptoms of heat stress
Utilising this information is vital, not only do we end the day less exhausted but we also prevent heat stress; minimise risks of dehydration and heat stroke; and potentially avoid life-altering events such as skin cancer.
We recommend stocking up on a good insulating water bottle to keep cool, slathering on the suncream and ensuring you rest more often and frequently.