We are currently being blessed with a beautiful summer, with temperatures in the high 20’s most days in the West Midlands. However most of us have to work in these glorious conditions, so when is it too hot to work? There is no law to confirm when the heat gets to a certain temperature within the workplace that it is too hot to work, however there are several factors that employers should consider to ensure the comfort of their staff and avoid First Aid situations arising within the workplace.The most commonly used indicator of thermal comfort is air temperature – it is easy to use and most people can relate to it. However, air temperature alone is not a valid or accurate indicator of thermal comfort. Other factors should also be considered.
1. Thermal radiation- This is the heat that is radiated from an object, for example if your workplace had a metal roof, this needs to be considered.
2. Air velocity- The speed of the air moving across the employee
3. Humidity- Is the humidity higher than 70%
4. Clothing- Could your employer alter the dress code dependant on the weather?
5. Work rate- Are more refreshment breaks needed because of the level of activity needed for your workplace in these conditions.
Consider these factors when thinking about your comfort or your employees comfort. Reduce the First Aid at Work situations and stay comfortable.
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