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Important: Health and safety information for the upcoming heatwave

On Monday and Tuesday next week, the weather is forecast to reach temperatures of up to 39 degrees.

With such high temperatures predicted, there are a number of health and safety risks to take note of and a red weather warning has been put in place as a result. As many colleagues are likely to be working on these days, we would like to provide some guidance to keep staff safe.

To stay comfortable in a heatwave (whether you are based in an office or working remotely at home), try:

  • Shutting windows and closing curtains or blinds to block sunlight
  • Staying out of the sun between 11am-3pm where possible, as this is generally the hottest part of the day
  • Drinking cold drinks regularly, especially water. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and drinks that are high in sugar
  • Identifying the coolest part of the building or room you are based in so you know where to go if you experience any symptoms associated with heat exhaustion
  • Wearing loose, cool clothing

Please note we would encourage staff who are able to work flexibly to consider working remotely on these days. For Schools and Departments who may have staff working outdoors on these days, please consider colleagues’ wellbeing by implementing the below where possible:

  • Modify work routines so that physical work can be undertaken outside of the most intense hours of the day
  • Ask staff to wear long-sleeved tops or trousers and/or loose clothing, as well as a hat that protects the neck and ears
  • Encourage regular breaks in the shade

Be aware: Symptoms of heat exhaustion

Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include feeling faint or dizzy, excessively sweating, experiencing nausea or vomiting, as well as muscle cramps.

If you notice someone showing signs of heat exhaustion, please help them by doing the following:

  • Put them in a cool place to rest (eg a room with air conditioning or in the shade if outdoors)
  • Fan their skin when it is moist (this helps the water to evaporate, cooling their skin)
  • Encourage them to drink water
  • Cool their skin with anything else to hand (such as a wet sponge or a cold pack)
  • Remove any unnecessary clothing
  • Stay with them until they are feeling better. If they are still experiencing symptoms after 30 minutes, seek medical assistance.

Some people, particularly those with existing medical conditions or who are pregnant, are more likely to be vulnerable to heat exhaustion. If you have a condition and have any concerns about working next week, please contact your line manager or the University’s Occupational Health service