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Posted July 10, 2019
Protecting Your Employees in The Heat of Summer
The sun is out and some days we have been experiencing the hottest day of the year so far! With weather like this, it can be hard to keep employees focused and working – let’s face it, we all want to be outside on these all-too-rare, glorious days.
So how can you get the most out of your employees when the weather is lovely?
There is no need to send your employees home when the mercury sun rises unless there is a health and safety concern!
Workplace Heat Risk Assessment
If the heat is really unbearable in your workplace you should do a risk assessment; if there is a risk to employees health then you may wish to consider sending them home or finding an alternative. You may find that investing in a water cooler, fans or air conditioning is a more economical solution than losing a day’s productivity.
You must ensure that your employees have enough breaks and make sure they are drinking enough, particularly if they’re working outside or in kitchens/confined spaces where the temperatures can reach even higher levels. It might be an option to give your employees an extended lunch break during the hottest part of the day.
You might want to consider being flexible on the workplace dress code when temperatures get really high, however, make sure your employees know that they are still dressing for the office and not the beach!
It’s important to maintain a professional appearance but allowing employees to wear open toe shoes if it’s safe to do so in your workplace environment, and relaxing the requirements for ties, jackets etc. can all help them cope when the mercury rises.
A fun way to keep employees engaged during hot weather is ice cream! A cool treat during the day will let employees know you value them and appreciate their hard work in extreme temperatures.
In extreme weathers, it is always a good idea to carry out a risk assessment in the workplace to keep your employee’s happy and healthy!
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