June 30, 2023

Are you prepared for the the UK’s hottest summer?

This post was written by: Laaibah Bhatti

UK heatwave on the way as Met Office confirms July temperatures may hit ‘high 30s’.

As temperatures soar and heatwaves become increasingly frequent and intense, the effects of extreme heat can cause discomfort in our everyday lives.

Employers and businesses face a unique set of challenges as they strive to maintain productivity to ensure employee well-being.

By understanding the potential implications and adopting appropriate measures, employers can create a safe and supportive work environment that fosters employee well-being and productivity even in the face of scorching temperatures.

So here’s exactly how you can help your employees:

  • Provide a comfortable work environment: Ensure that the workplace has proper ventilation, such as fans or air conditioning systems.
  • Hydration facilities: Encourage employees to stay hydrated by providing a supply of cool drinking water or allowing employees to have water bottles at their workstations.
  • Breaks and rest areas: Encourage regular breaks in shaded or air-conditioned areas to give employees a chance to cool down. Provide designated rest areas where employees can relax and escape the heat during their breaks.
  • Flexible dress code: Relax the dress code policy during extreme heat, allowing employees to wear lighter and more breathable clothing. However, maintain appropriate professional standards and ensure that the relaxed dress code doesn’t compromise safety or hygiene requirements.
  • Education and awareness: Provide information and training to employees about the signs of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Educate them on preventive measures, like staying hydrated, taking breaks, and recognizing the importance of seeking medical attention if necessary.
  • Allow for flexible working times: employees who rely on public transport may prefer to arrive earlier (when cooler) and leave earlier when tubes and buses are not as busy.

At Aston Bond, we believe It is important for employers to recognize and address the impact of heatwaves on their employees and businesses. By taking proactive measures to support their workforce during intense heat, employers can help maintain employee well-being, productivity, and overall job satisfaction.

For any employment queries please get in touch with Ilinca Mardarescu our head of employment solicitor on 01753 486777 or imardarescu@astonbond.co.uk