Work stoppage due to heat wave – Employees who will be affected

Interruption of work due to heat

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In view of the high temperatures and special conditions prevailing and the relevant forecasts of the Department of Meteorology, the Department of Labor Inspection (TEE) of the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance informs employers and self-employed persons that in view of the warning of the Department of Meteorology, issued for extremely high temperature at orange level of danger, it is necessary to stop, between the hours of 12:00-16:00, as long as the warning is in force,

all outdoor heavy and moderate work, and
the operations of transporting products and/or delivering products using two-wheeled vehicles (e.g. motorcycle, moped, bicycle) or personal mobility devices (scooters, e-scooters), such as transporting and/or delivering products/food/mail or /and other activities.
The orange danger level warning and work stoppage applies to the interior, areas with an altitude of less than 300 meters that are more than 10 kilometers from the coastline, and the highest mountains, mountainous areas with an altitude of more than 1.150 meters.

For any other case, light work and in areas where the orange level of risk does not apply, the TEE reminds that, based on the provisions of the Safety and Health at Work (Code of Practice for the Thermal Stress of Workers) Decrees of 2014, 2020 and 2023 (K.D.P. 291/2014, K.D.P. 206/2020 and K.D.P. 231/2023):

Both employers and self-employed persons must measure, in the areas where work is carried out, the parameters (temperature and relative humidity) that contribute to the heat load. According to the prevailing conditions of air temperature (in the shade) and relative humidity, they must adjust their work accordingly and apply a change of each work or a rest or stop work, depending on the type of work performed, as well as other appropriate and sufficient measures (organizational and technical) to avoid or reduce heat stress such as:
– Organization of frequent short breaks for rest in a shaded, cool place or a suitably air-conditioned area or in an area where fans are used where possible.

– Configuration/choice of a shady area or construction of suitable shelters for carrying out the work where possible.

– Rotation of workers at work depending on the type of activity performed.

– Avoiding, where possible, strenuous outdoor work during the hottest hours of the day (12:00-16:00).

- Providing employees with cool drinking water (temperature 10-15oC).

– Provision and use by workers of appropriate headgear.

– Workers wear light, loose, breathable clothing such as cotton and wear appropriate sunglasses.

– Avoiding taking large meals or sugary foods or ingesting alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.

– Training of employees.