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Recommendations for companies, employees

Stand: 27.06.2024

Time and again, employees complain about high temperatures at their workplaces, especially during heatwaves in the summer months.

Exemplary measures if the air temperature in the room exceeds +30 °C in accordance with the risk assessment:

  • Effective control of sun protection (e.g. keep blinds closed even after working hours)
  • Effective control of ventilation systems (e.g. night-time cooling)
  • Reduction of internal thermal loads (e.g. only operate electrical appliances when required)
  • Ventilation in the early hours of the morning
  • Use of flexitime regulations to shift working hours
  • Relaxation of clothing regulations
  • Definition of additional cooling phases
  • Use of fans (e.g. table, floor, tower or ceiling fans)

What can employees do?

  • Measure the temperature at your workplace if you think it is too hot.
    Note on air temperature in accordance with Technical Rule for Workplaces A3.5 No. 4.1 (6):
    The air temperature is measured at a height of 0.6 m above the floor for seated work and 1.1 m for standing work.
    standing work with a thermometer protected against heat radiation in °Celsius

  • If the temperature reaches more than +26°C during working hours, contact your employer or supervisor

  • Also inform the works council, which has co-determination and initiative rights with regard to occupational health and safety.
    rights of co-determination and initiative with regard to occupational health and safety

  • Ask your company doctor or safety specialist for advice

  • Suggest that the topic be discussed in the health and safety committee

  • In addition: wear light, preferably not tight-fitting clothing made of heat- and moisture-permeable materials.
    moisture-permeable materials

  • Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, but avoid sweetened and alcoholic drinks as well as too much coffee and black tea.

Source: Bayer. State Office for Health and Food Safety

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