Pandemic and Heat Create Workplace Risks

Monday, August 2, 2021

John Ho was quoted in SHRM discussing how employers can prepare their employees for the uncomfortable conditions they may face with the summer heat while wearing a mask due to the pandemic. "Existing heat illness prevention programs can be tailored to the unique issues of working during the COVID-19 pandemic," said John. He noted that these pandemic-related issues include:

  • The use of face coverings that can inhibit the body's normal way of reducing heat, such as sweating, and make breathing difficult.
  • Employees assigned longer shifts in the heat to catch up on work slowed down by shutdowns or other pandemic-related reasons.
  • Skipping heat acclimatization for new or returning workers.
  • Increased physical activity if employees must do more than their usual job tasks due to social distancing requirements.
  • Loss of the body's natural adaptation to heat when employees have been off work more than a week.

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