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Q: As this period of hot weather continues, what are my responsibilities as an employer?
A: The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 does not set out a maximum temperature for the workplace, only a minimum. However, there is an onus on employers to ensure the safety of their staff so it is important to provide a reasonable temperature in the workplace and exercise a common sense approach.
Q: What steps can I take to ensure the health and safety of my staff?
A: Think about shade and those employees who work directly beside windows. Rearranging furniture away from direct sunlight through windows can help. Glass does not protect against all of the suns rays. Think about additional fans in areas with no airflow and most importantly, encourage employees to stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water throughout the working day is vital. Encourage water breaks and allow for employees to get fresh air, stop overheating.
Q: How can I keep staff motivated during periods of very hot weather?
A: As heat rises, so can absenteeism, commutes to work and a long day in a hot office can have an effect on employee motivation. Think about relaxing the dress code, no ties, restrictive clothing, suit jackets or blazers. Turn off unnecessary lights, if the sun is streaming in, remember lights generate additional heat so turn some off. Be very mindful of those that work outside, ensuring both protection against the sun and also appropriate rest breaks for physical activity levels.
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