Heatwave help: keep your team comfortable & productive

In business principles, health and safety on July 18, 2022 at 9:49 am

As record-breaking heatwave conditions sweep across the country, employers need to be prepared to manage their employees in the heat. Here are a few tips to keep your staff comfortable and productive during a heatwave:

  • Allow for more frequent breaks, and make sure employees have access to plenty of water.
  • Move outdoor work to cooler hours if possible, or provide shade for workers who have to be outside during the day.
  • If possible, let employees work from home or take advantage of any cooling amenities that may be available, such as air conditioning or fans.
  • Encourage employees to dress comfortably in light, loose clothing.
  • Keep an eye out for signs of heat stress, such as dizziness, headaches, or nausea.  If someone does start to feel unwell, move them to a cool area and seek medical help if necessary. Some employees may have conditions that make them more susceptible to heat-related illness.
  • Be aware of potential disruption your employees may have to deal with such as school closures or travel delays.

This kind of heat is exceptional for the UK and will pass; by next week we’ll probably be complaining about the rain! However, in the next days, everyone’s safety and well-being must be the top consideration.

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