DOL Cautions Heat Stroke Risk at Workplace

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DOL Cautions Heat Stroke Risk at Workplace

DOL Cautions Heat Stroke Risk at Workplace

The Department of Labor (DOL) urges employers to provide adequate protection for employees against heat stress, with temperatures soaring over 36 Celsius degrees. The hot weather is likely to continue in Taipei Basin, according to Central Weather Bureau.

Precautionary measures should be taken at outdoor workplaces exposed to heat waves. Measures may include supply of drinking water, installation of sunscreens, use of water spray, provision of rest areas, and adjustment of working hours.

According to DOL, people working in construction industry or engaged in putting up signboards, window washing, holding up advertisement signs at street corners, lawn mowing and gardening, as well as motorcyclists are among the high risk groups of heat strokes. Heat-related illness includes heat stroke, heat cramps, heat syncope, and exhaustion.Director of the Labor Inspection Office Tsou Tzu-lien noted that the agency has been carrying out inspections on outdoor operations under hot weather for two years since 2012. It has also requested the Public Construction Commission of Executive Yuan to include heat hazard preventive measures as part of the public safety requirements. More spot checks will be conducted the summer months to safeguard the health and safety of laborers.

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  • Updated: 2014-6-26 15:04
  • Reviewed: 2014-6-26 15:03
  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government

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