Hot workplaces

Noting the changing working environment that results from climate change, the Biden Whitehouse is coordinating an interagency effort to …

“…respond to extreme heat that threatens the lives and livelihoods of Americans, especially workers, children, and seniors.”

The TUC have emailed to highlight this saying:

“In Britain, our Summers are getting hotter every year. Yet there is no existing guidance on how hot is too hot to work – though there is a minimum working temperature. What guidance do workers and employers need to stay safe? What can we learn from elsewhere in the world?”

There is an All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health that is holding a trans-Atlantic meeting featuring Juley Fulcher, Health and Safety Advocate at Public Citizen (a Washington D.C-based organisation that was at the forefront of promoting these US regulations.

It’s on Monday 11th October, between 16:00 – 17:00 and you can register to attend here.

This may be of interest to any Bectu members who working in excessive heat, and in sun exposure (though it has to be said, our members are probably mostly in danger from this when working abroad!)

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