Managing extreme heat at work

Europe is facing a week of extreme temperatures: what are the rules for dealing with a heatwave in the workplace in Germany and beyond? 
Summer has arrived. Temperatures are rising and this month has seen another heatwave in Southern Europe, with maximum temperatures up to 40°C and even beyond. This is extreme, but temperatures of 30°C and above are now common, and challenging. But what do employers have to consider? This article provides an overview. Read More 

 

Greece:
 
In the context of the heatwave that has been hitting Europe in recent days, the Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has issued a circular on ‘Preventing employees’ thermal stress’ (No. 56163/15.06.2022). It refers specifically to organisational and technical measures that the employer should take to avoid heat stress (e.g. providing information and instructions to employees, the organisation of the appropriate infrastructure for dealing with emergencies, etc.) and provides a guide for the calculation of thermal stress. This guide provides, both in summary form and in detail, information on the methods for analysing workers’ thermal stress in specific working environments and the method for calculating workers’ thermal stress using the WBGT (wet bulb globe themometer) index method.