Keeping Cool in a Heat Wave

Although this article was originally written by Elaine Smith, head of the Company Commercial Department and specialist in employment law, last year when the country was gripped by hot weather (for a few days!) the advise still rings true today and with forecasts of temperatures hitting the 30’s over the next few days for employers it is advice worth heeding…

“It is always lovely when the sun is out and we can enjoy the summer but when you have to work in the heat keeping your employees cool is something every employer should think about. Elaine Smith Solicitor

Elaine Smith, head of Bennett Griffin’s Company Commercial Department and an employment law specialist offers some practice advice for employers trying to deal with the current hot weather;

Employers should ensure that employees are reasonably comfortable in the workplace and, for office workers, should make full use of air conditioning, fans and additional ventilation is possible.

For those working outside employers should ensure that employees have the right protective equipment for the conditions.

If, despite providing the right equipment and ventilation, temperatures become uncomfortable the employers should consider allowing additional work breaks and look to limit the time of exposure to unreasonable temperatures.

For more information on any employment issues please contact Elaine Smith on 01903 229948 or email es@bennett-griffin.co.uk

 

The information contained in this article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be legal advice. Professional advice should always be taken on the application of the law in any particular situation.