Temperature And Workplace Productivity | #ESC_LLC #Workplace #Safety #Temperature | Employee comfort is an important element of productivity. When employees feel uncomfortable for any reason, they have difficulty focusing on their work. This is why many employers invest in ergonomic desk chairs, cheerful lighting, or even attractive artwork. Still, countless businesses don’t recognize how much the temperature in the workplace can impact productivity. They could operate in a part of the world with extreme climates. They may be concerned with lowering their energy costs. They might just neglect to change the thermostat with the seasons. Whatever the circumstances, a work environment that is too cold or hot can hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of the company’s workforce.
In fact, recent studies found that a significant number of workers say the indoor climate at their jobs is one of their biggest issues. It’s not hard to see how employees who are too busy sweating or shivering to concentrate on their tasks hurt their employers’ bottom lines. (Please scroll down)
It’s Not Just the Heat—How OSHA Enforces Occupational Exposures to Hot Environments
If an employee needs medical treatment for heat stress, you would mark that as an illness on the OSHA 300 Log.
Heat stress is a hot topic for OSHA. We’ve all heard of the agency’s campaign to prevent heat stress in outdoor workers, which emphasizes “Water, Rest, Shade.” But except for a provision in the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard, federal OSHA does not have regulations that specifically address heat stress.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently renewed its recommendation for an occupational exposure to hot environments standard after reviewing a large amount of new scientific information on how working in the heat affects workers. NIOSH says “occupational exposure to heat can result in injuries, disease, death, and reduced productivity.”
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