General advice: summer heat and health

Account should be taken of the fact that everyone experiences heat differently. It is therefore difficult to draft 'rules' for this.
In general, however, the following practical rules of thumb are used to differentiate the activities performed at different ambient temperatures in order to take appropriate measures: 

At the maximum temperature of, for example, 30 oC  office work (sitting), this means that the inside temperature is higher than 30 oC for more than 2 hours. There is in fact no risk associated with this maximum for healthy staff, although productivity is significantly reduced at such a temperature. Since these temperatures are clearly very uncomfortable, it is this wise to pay attention to this.

Temporary measures:

1. Tackle the source:

  • switch off heat producing appliances as much as possible;
  • switch off or reduce the lighting in the workspace;
  • extract heat;
  • consistent and correct use of blinds, exterior blinds are more effective than indoor blinds;
  • increase ventilation (only if it is warmer inside than outside);
  • install extra ventilation and/or fans. Exercise restraint with the installation of mobile air conditioners. These often cause drafts, make noise, can become microbiologically contaminated and use a lot of energy;

2. Organisational measures:

  • work for shorter periods, work continuously as little as possible;
  • take more breaks, if possible in cool rooms: adust work hours in hot weather conditions. Many UT staff can work variable hours. It is cooler in the morning than in the afternoon; those who start earlier can also go home earlier. 

3. The body:

  • adapted clothing;
  • drink a lot, don't forget salts and minerals;
  • no alcohol;
  • outside: head cover and use sun cream;
  • in the case of medical problems: ask for advice from the medical officer (see also under 4), telephone Working conditions service 088-2726312. 

4. Additional:

Deal flexibly with complaints and wishes of staff and students. Extra vigilance is required for persons who:

  • have an illness, such as diabetes, heart or lung disease;
  • after illness, are not yet quite 'themselves';
  • suffer from high blood pressure;
  • are pregnant;
  • have problems with obesity;
  • have a sensitive skin;
  • use medication;
  • general: are not in an optimal condition. 

[1] activities in a workshop and transport, lifting and carrying, under extreme conditions.

[2] at average humidity