Summers are fast approaching and with them, we’re bound to see a substantial rise in the temperatures too. As the heat increases, so do problems with health that include skin troubles, dehydration, and sometimes, even heat strokes.
In order to ensure the well-being of the citizens, Government of Australia outlines basic summer health guidelines that can help people beat the heat with minimal fuss. The deal is simple, you need to be prepared. Just like you make sure your home and family are well protected from the downside of Australian summer, you need to provide the same environment of health and safety to your employees.
If you’re thinking that’s a bit too much to handle, let us assure you it’s not. All you have to do is:
Take Care of the Hydration
Water is essential. More than 70% of the human body constitutes of water. In hot weather conditions, people tend to perspire more than usual, which means they lose more water. To make up for that, they need to drink more water to keep their bodies healthy and hydrated. While water dispensers and fountains work great, try giving each of your employee, custom printed water bottles that they can carry around and drink from easily.
Add Indoor Plants
Plants inhale carbon dioxide during photosynthesis whereby they make their own food. The end product of the process for the environment is the increased amount of oxygen. By taking in all the carbon dioxide, plants reduce the greenhouse effect that may occur indoors because of the hot weather outside. This is an excellent way to keep the office space naturally cool.
Regulate the Sunlight
Another thing you need to do be careful about is the amount of sunlight that enters the office space through windows. Warm sunlight may have seemed a good idea during winters, but in summers, the same can prove to be dangerous for you and your employees. It’s best to invest in good window blinds and sheers that help you control the amount of light and heat from the sun entering the office.
Monitor the Temperatures
You obviously need to get the air conditioning units checked and serviced beforehand so that there are no last minute issues popping up for the entire workplace. Also, as you turn the air conditioning on during the hot weather, make sure you are regulating the humidity levels in the workplace as well. Humidity combined with the heat can be a lethal combination that dehydrates people sooner than usual.
Making sure that your workplace is prepared for the rising summer temperatures will keep your employees safe from problems like heat strokes and dehydration that are common during the hot weather. In addition, it will also make your employees realise that you strive to create a work environment that is safe and healthy for them.
This will motivate the same employees to “give back” in terms for greater productivity and efficiency when it comes to getting things done at the workplace. So, are you ready to begin preparing for summers?