Heat Stress Prevention

ue to the summer period we remind you again this year of the basic guidelines of how to prevent problems on the company’s staff and consequently on its operations caused by a heat wave or high ambient temperatures.
The guidelines aim at informing workers on how to prevent heat stress and refer to the following three discrete work environments:
Office
Industry
Construction sites or outdoor work activities.
Depending on the type of main work activity, it is useful to inform accordingly your staff and associates. Such notifications are required by law and can be performed via any available means, like: internal circulars, board announcements, posters, e-mails, verbal notices or leaflets.
Finally, given that high ambient heat may affect everybody during the summer period, it was considered appropriate to include a guideline for the protection of the general public.
You can also download all four guidelines in Greek.
In addition, we provide you with the Circular (06/08/2011, in Greek) of the Ministry of Labour which urges the local Labor Inspectorates (KEPEK) to increase inspections in all types of workplaces, both indoor and outdoor, where thermal stress is expected due to exposure of high levels of temperature, humidity and/or radiant heat. In this Circular, it is confirmed that the previous Circular of 2009 still remains in force, which includes specific technical and organizational measures of preventing heat stress. In any case, you may contact your Safety Officer and/or Occupational Physician, with the cooperation of which, these specific measures may be implemented.

Due to the summer period we remind you again this year of the basic guidelines of how to prevent problems on the company’s staff and consequently on its operations caused by a heat wave or high ambient temperatures.

The guidelines aim at informing workers on how to prevent heat stress and refer to the following three discrete work environments:

 

Depending on the type of main work activity, it is useful to inform accordingly your staff and associates. Such notifications are required by law and can be performed via any available means, like: internal circulars, board announcements, posters, e-mails, verbal notices or leaflets.Finally, given that high ambient heat may affect everybody during the summer period, it was considered appropriate to include a guideline for the protection of the general public.

 

In addition, according to previous circulars of the Ministry of Labour which urges the local Labor Inspectorates (KEPEK) to increase inspections in all types of workplaces, both indoor and outdoor, where thermal stress is expected due to exposure of high levels of temperature, humidity and/or radiant heat. In any case, you may contact your Safety Officer and/or Occupational Physician, with the cooperation of which, these specific measures may be implemented.