The TUC has now urged all UK employers to take heatwave action. Here’s what they’ve been suggesting, along with some handy links…
Heatwave action for all employers!
- Temporarily reviewing dress codes, meaning fewer jackets/sleeves and more lightweight casual options.
- Additionally, outdoor workers may be enabled to work earlier and/or later in the day – avoiding the midday heat.
- Inviting indoor workers to adopt similarly flexible hours; avoiding the stifling rush hour commute.
- Providing fans or portable air conditioning units to all offices.
- And increasing the frequency of breaks, while ensuring cool drinks are readily available.
- Within this advice, the TUC is further urging for a new legal maximum working temperature. At present, the Health and Safety Executive suggests an ‘acceptable zone’ of 13 to 30°C, dependent on the working role.
- Public Health England has also spoken on this topic, advising businesses to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion/heatstroke, dehydration and overheating.
Who is the TUC? The TUC stands for Trades Union Congress, which represents the majority of trade unions in England and Wales. It was first founded in Manchester in 1868.
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