We have had a call from an employed Arborist about whether staff could reduce their PPE due to the heat. He said the risk of heat exhaustion was higher than that of a chainsaw injury. I pointed out that health and safety policy was not down to us, but clearly if it is too hot to work in the necessary PPE, then maybe they should STOP working. Any employer, including those using subbies, is going to be in a difficult situation during hot periods, as safety obligations can include avoiding sun burn and dehydration. Should you ‘insist’ staff drink a certain amount of water during the day? Can you monitor and enforce this?
We understand this hot period can be a bit of a nightmare if you have to work in it, rather than relaxing around a pool with a cold beer. We can’t comment on what your policy should be, but you must consider the dangers of heat and sun damage alongside usual risks, so providing sun cream and ample water is a good place to start.
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