While there is a legal minimum temperature you can work in, laws don’t specify a maximum and employees are expected to carry on even if temperatures exceed 40°C – unfair, we know.
But, if you’re currently sat in the office while the sun is beaming outside hating life, you may feel a bit better to know that there are a lot worse jobs to have in this heat. Fish and chip fryers are rated the worst job to have during a heatwave as workers face temperatures up to 180°C while getting paid on average just £16,320 per year for it, according to a CE Safety study.
Not surprisingly, a number of these jobs include wearing heavy, protective clothing and PPE.
Here are some of the worst below:
1. Fish and chip shop fryer.
Deep fat fryer temperatures can reach a staggering 180°C, with fish and chip shop workers responsible for changing the oil in the machines every five uses.
Workers are exposed to temperatures from 3,000 to 20,000°C – the same heat emitted from plasma just above the sun’s surface.
The heat of high-temperature welding can be unbearable with naked flames and sparks reaching approximately 450-740°C.
When a heatwave happens, builders have to press on in highs of 20°C and still have to build an extension from scratch.
5. London Underground Operative.
TFL operatives deal with poorly ventilated tube tunnels and temperatures as high as 47°C – reported during the 2006 heatwave.
Health and Safety organisations recommend the following steps for keeping employees motivated during extreme weather conditions like heatwaves.
Relax the dress code – to help your staff feel better in the heat, consider relaxing the dress code. A number of jobs listed in the research were included due to heavy uniforms which can be unbearable when temperatures rise. Employers are under no legal obligation to relax dress codes in the heat, but if staff wear heavy-duty workwear daily, consider allowing them to wear alternative clothing temporarily.
Offering flexible working arrangements can help your employees cope a little better in the hot weather. Maybe they can start and finish earlier to avoid high-temperature commutes. Alternatively, if staff are able to work from home, consider giving them the option to help boost their motivation through the feeling of extra freedom. Stay hydrated – ensure all staff have access to cold drinks by encouraging frequent breaks, as well as offering out cool treat or refreshments such as ice lollies and cold drinks. Dehydration is a key factor in heat illness, so it’s important you’re encouraging employees to keep their levels topped up.
Having a hot drink at work doesn’t mean that your body will start to feel hotter, but the caffeine in tea and coffee can increase heart rate and subsequently blood flow, causing your temperature to rise.
Water on your wrists – run your wrists under the tap. This cools the main veins that run through them and will lower the temperature of your blood flow.
Take regular breaks – some industries are different others, but it is important to take regular breaks. Grab a drink or move to another room/area that’s a bit cooler.
For more information visit: metro.co.uk