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Five ways to prevent heat stress and heat stroke in the workplace

You may have heard the term “prevention is the best treatment”. It certainly saves a lot of hassle to be prepared when it comes to the welfare of your staff, so Salford ONECPD have put together these five methods that should help you to take the heat away and keep your cool in a heatwave.

You can learn more about alternative methods for improving employee welfare so that you can reduce staff attrition at the Salford ONECPD Workplace Health and Wellbeing conference – Check it out here!

Own clothes days
Although there is a lot of evidence to suggest that uniforms increase productivity, if your uniforms are a little unsuitable for warm weather, you should consider allowing employees to wear their own clothes.

This means that they can wear something lighter so they can be more comfortable when doing their work. If an employee gets too hot then it will reduce their productivity levels as they will spend half of their time either complaining about the heat or thinking about it.

Ice and cold water machines
Having a nice cold beverage on a hot day is a great way to keep your core temperature down and rehydrate your body as well as your mind.

Keeping staff members cool and hydrated will mean that they can continue their work with a clearer head, so productivity will not be as affected.

Outside meetings and frequent breaks
Allowing your staff to make the most of the great outdoors by taking a break from your desks and holding meetings outside or taking breaks little and often will ensure that they don’t sink into a docile and unproductive state.

Plus, a change of scenery is always a great way to get creativity flowing!

Air conditioning maintenance
If there’s a heatwave coming, it’s always wise to check you temperature regulation equipment… hand held fans just aren’t the same!

As soon as you feel hot weather heading your way, complete equipment checks or call an expert to do this for you so that you can be sure your workspace will not suffer from mechanical faults at the worst time possible.

A little ice cream goes a long way
Buying everyone ice cream might seem a little excessive, but there is method to the madness.

During a study by the Institute of Psychiatry in London, a control group was given vanilla ice cream whilst having their brain activity monitored.

As a result, it was found that the vanilla ice cream activates the orbitofrontal cortex – the processing area at the front of the brain. This part of the brain usually activates when people are enjoying themselves and we all know that if we enjoy something we are more likely to make better progress, therefore ice cream plus work equals increased productivity. Awesome!

Now you have everything that you need to keep your staff happy and healthy for next few days… but what about when your workplace environment experiences other seasonal transformations?

You can learn how to adapt to the different times of year, keep up to date with employee retention tactics and explore health wellbeing trends at the Workplace Health and Wellbeing Conference in Manchester on Tuesday 4th December 2018!

Learn more here and see how you can become one of the leading businesses in staff wellbeing.

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