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It’s hot outside! With many parts of the UK tipping the 30 degree mark a couple of weeks ago and warm weather set to stay for the next few days at least. Working in an office can be unbearable in these conditions, and not just because you’d rather be outside.
Many UK workplaces still don’t have air conditioning and when they do, it may not be working properly due to poor maintenance – keeping ac and air ventilation equipment clean and regularly serviced will ensure a building is prepared for unseasonably warm weather.
Heat, health and productivity
Too much heat is not just irritating, it can be dangerous too – particularly for the very young or elderly. Managers and company owners have a responsibility for the health of their staff. It has also been proven that uncomfortable temperatures at either extremes reduce productivity.
If your place of work is too hot the following precautions will help keep employees safe and working effectively:
Watch out for heat exhaustion
Heat exhaustion is when the temperature inside the body, known as the core temperature, rises above the normal 37°C (98.6°F) towards 40°C (104°F). Heat exhaustion can be extremely dangerous and even fatal if it leads to heatstroke.
Signs of heat stroke include heavy sweating, which causes the levels of water and salt in the body begin to drop, nausea and feeling faint. Keep an eye on staff and if you spot any of these signs take them to a cool place and give them plenty of water to drink. If they don’t feel better within half an hour they may be suffering from heat stroke and will need immediate medical attention.
Keep air conditioning operational
In a well ventilated and air conditioned building employees should be safe from the effects of too much heat once inside the building. To ensure air movement systems remain operational and efficient, regular maintenance is essential, with Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) monitored.
The Guardian team qualified to undertake COSHH compliance indoor air quality monitoring and assessment, covering the following areas:
By improving and maintaining indoor air quality, apart from safeguarding occupants’ health, the overall performance of heating, ventilating and air handling/conditioning systems will remain efficient, with less chance of breakdown – essential for staff safety and a businesses’ productivity in the summer months.
To find out more about our air hygiene services, click here.