Employers are advised to refer to the publications provided by the LD to assess the employees' risk of heat stress at their workplaces.
For the 19th day in a row, the Hong Kong Observatory has issued the "Very Hot Weather Warning".
The Labour Department (LD) reminds employers to assess the risk of heat stroke to their employees and adopt effective preventive measures such as:
- providing cool drinking water,
- setting up temporary sunshade,
- providing mechanical aids to reduce physical exertion of employees,
- providing for employees as far as practicable covered space with good ventilation for rest and meals, and
- providing relevant information and training for employees on heat stroke such as preventive measures and first aid treatment.
Some employees may have difficulty in adapting to a hot working environment owing to their own health conditions. Employers should take this into account and consider the recommendations of their doctors when assigning work to these employees.
The LD has produced a booklet titled Risk Assessment for the Prevention of Heat Stroke at Work as well as two leaflets titled Checklist for Heat Stress Assessment at Construction Sites and Checklist for Heat Stress Assessment at Outdoor Cleansing Workplaces. Employers are advised to refer to these publications when assessing the employees' risk of heat stress at their workplaces.
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