As is generally known, high temperatures can seriously affect the health and well-being of employees and can cause discomfort, stress, irritability and headaches, dizziness and fainting, and thermal cramps caused by loss of water and salt, increased burden on the heart and lungs, and even accidents at work and death.
Therefore, many countries take serious summer days seriously and have rules and regulations in place to protect workers. In the Czech Republic , this issue is addressed in the law and government regulations. The employer will include the employee in the appropriate working class, according to pre-determined tables. Subsequently, the permissible settings of the microclimatic conditions are determined according to the working class. The office is in working class I. In the table, the minimum temperature should be 20 ° C and the maximum 27 ° C. If we go to other European countries, for example, Spain has strict guidelines indicating that the temperature should be between 17 and 27 ° C in sedentary work and between 14 and 25 ° C for light physical activity.
A few tips to help you survive the upcoming hot waveTip # 1: Hydration . Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and try to reduce caffeine intake. If you do not enjoy pure water, season it with some summer flavors such as cucumber, lemon or other fruit - and add some ice. Avoid sweet lemonades! Tip # 2: If you talk about food, treat yourself to smaller and lighter meals . Large protein-rich foods can increase metabolic performance and warm your body more. With all kinds of fruits and vegetables available in the summer season, there are almost infinite possibilities for delicious summer salads: what about a combination of tomatoes and melon. Does your office have a freezer? Use it and freeze pieces of fruit (such as grapes or pieces of orange) as a refreshing snack. Tip # 3: One of the most difficult questions associated with working on hot summer days is getting dressed . At meetings, we want to feel comfortable, weather appropriate, but some companies require a strict dress code. Layering is always a good idea; you can take off your sweater or jacket and put it back on when you need to look more elegant. Women can wear airy maxi dresses or comfortable culottes, but at the same time look professional. Men should look at the fabric from which the garment is made. The most breathable option is cotton and linen. Tip # 4: There are a number of ways to control room temperature . A perfectly positioned fan is your best friend at these times. If you have blinds, leave them closed; if you have air conditioning, turn it on. If your office isn't so equipped, talk to your supervisor. Getting these measures will be as excited as you are. Tip # 5: Mainly, don't forget to keep an eye on your colleagues ! It is important to recognize the symptoms of overheating and acute problems caused by extraordinary temperatures such as cramps, rash, exhaustion and heat stroke. If one of your colleagues does not seem to be okay, bring him some water, send him a rest or cool him with pieces of fruit in the ice.
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