Maximum work temperatures.

@garymarsh6 (12006)
United Kingdom
July 19, 2016 3:22pm CST
Today we have had some very unusual high temperatures throughout the UK. A group of MP's have tabled an early motion so that people should be sent home from work by their employers if the temperature exceeds 30C (86F) or 27C (80.6) if you do heavy manual work. Here in the UK we have minimum working temperatures but there has never been a law setting out what the highest temperature you can work in. Can you imagine the chaos it would cause if we were all to down tools at that kind of decision. No hospitals being staffed because it is too hot. No shops open because it was too hot for the staff to work in. Schools closed public transport stopped because it was too hot for the drivers to drive in? We are quite backward where air conditioning is concerned. Many of our buildings do not have it although this is increasing now. How are things where you live? Do you have maximum working temperatures? Do you get sent home from work it it is too hot?
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@pgntwo (20318)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 Jul 16
The last four weeks of the school year when I was at school were half-days: 8am to 12:30 for first two weeks of June, and 8am to 11:30am for the latter half of the month. Then 3 months off...
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
I like the sound of that!
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@pgntwo (20318)
• Derry, Northern Ireland
19 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 Hard to beat, definitely!
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@Corbin5 (73848)
• United States
19 Jul 16
As a teacher, in the first school in which I taught, there was no air conditioning. We were never sent home when the temperatures were in the 90s. I brought box fans from home to cool us, and we all survived. One reason I stayed at another school years later was due to the fact that it was the first school in which I taught that was air conditioned. When we were kids, we roasted in schools.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
OH yes and scraped the ice off the school milk in the winter!
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@Fleura (5434)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 Oh don't mention school milk, that smell still turns my stomach : (
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
@Fleura Vile wasn't it!
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@sharon6345 (100879)
• United States
19 Jul 16
I can't say that I ever heard that here before. I am sure about the snow days though. If the roads are a mess the state will call for no work or school to clean them.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
We only get snow for a few days and nothing like you do in the USA.
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@sharon6345 (100879)
• United States
19 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 That is good ..very good.
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@Asylum (46306)
• Manchester, England
19 Jul 16
It would cause absolute mayhem because many jobs involve seriously high temperatures at the best of times. Very few restaurants or kitchens would remain open and in extreme weather even outdoor workers would be sent home. Imagine giving a park keeper the day off because it is too hot, so he takes his family to the park instead.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
A bit like the tube drivers who wanted 'family time' but then wanted overtime payments for working those 'family times as overtime!
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@LoriAMoore (8671)
• United States
19 Jul 16
Oh gosh no and it's 97 degrees Fahrenheit here today with road workers and construction out working.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
OH my I would die in that heat!
@miniam (9308)
• Bern, Switzerland
20 Jul 16
@LoriAMoore At such times, we are thankful we do not have to do their jobs
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@egdcltd (5798)
19 Jul 16
I think if I worked somewhere that actually air conditioning I'd probably rather stay at work.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
You and me both! LOL I Function much better in the cold!
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@egdcltd (5798)
20 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 I actually have a portable air conditioning unit at home. Unfortunately, due to the stupid design of my windows, I have to open one completely to use it. Which kind of defeats the purpose.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
20 Jul 16
@egdcltd I have one in my study and am currently nice and cool!
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jul 16
I wish we did have maximum working conditions here but we don't. People who do construction work don't usually stop unless it rains.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
22 Jul 16
I know I could not work in such heat. I don't know if you can become acclimatised to it?
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
23 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 I couldn't do it either. I think we do become acclimated to being indoors with the air conditioning.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
23 Jul 16
@simone10 We sure do. My daughter has just arrived in Florida and she said it is terribly humid and very hot!
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@nanette64 (12334)
• Fairfield, Texas
20 Jul 16
It's going to be about 40C (104F) here in Texas this week @garymarsh6 . People here in the US are spoiled with the AC.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
21 Jul 16
OH my goodness Nanette That would kill me. I would be senseless
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@nanette64 (12334)
• Fairfield, Texas
22 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 At 59 I worked as a ranch hand 10 hours a day, 6 days a week and this was regardless of whether it was 110 degrees, raining, snowing, sleeting; whatever. It was a killer job.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
22 Jul 16
@nanette64 My oh my that is far too hot. I don't think we ever get temperatures like that in the UK.
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@Inlemay (17276)
• South Africa
19 Jul 16
Max working temp in SA is 40*C however bowling temp is 35*C
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
I could not work in that heat
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@Inlemay (17276)
• South Africa
19 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 you get used to it - the only time its horrid is when you hubby wants a cooked meal - more likely a cooked wife!!
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@miniam (9308)
• Bern, Switzerland
20 Jul 16
@Inlemay Lol really well said
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@SIMPLYD (73817)
• Philippines
25 Jul 16
Here the heat can go as high as 37C . So , all malls and establishments have their air conditioners . Even some private schools are now air conditioned . Though public schools only have electric fans .
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
25 Jul 16
Hopefully the public schools will install it too!
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@SIMPLYD (73817)
• Philippines
26 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 Oh , i think that's not possible . The government would really a big budget if that happens . And if that happens all those in private will surely transfer to the public schools.
@just4him (85183)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
24 Jul 16
No max temps here. It's business as usual, though they do caution about work in extreme heat when working outside. And we've had some extreme heat here lately. I'm surprised you don't have more air conditioning than you do. I'm glad you're getting more of it.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
24 Jul 16
We are way behind you guys as so many of our buildings are so old. Many have preservation orders on them so you can not just put stuff in like that without planning permission.
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@just4him (85183)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 I had a feeling that was the case.
@nomus24g (15007)
• India
19 Jul 16
Many states in my country has already has this practice in place...in high/peak summers, the school/colleges/govt. establishment starts as early as 7am n by afternoon, they declare off...
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
7am is a good time to start. Nice and early before it gets too hot!
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@nomus24g (15007)
• India
19 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 correct
@rina110383 (21980)
20 Jul 16
The only instance we are sent home from work is if it's raining hard and some areas are already flooded.
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@vandana7 (56661)
• India
27 Jul 16
We had that situation when we were in school. The nuns were too afraid how they would manage that many kids around if it came to floods in the homes of those kids..lol. I mean, there was simply not enough water in hostel even during rains.
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@PatZAnthony (11721)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Jul 16
It is a terrible thing to be required to work in the heat. Having done so for various reasons (what was I thinking) would not do it again. Thankfully, I work for MYSELF am well taken care of. Thought of those working in restaurant and hospital kitchens-phew, it has to be terrible in those places and no doubt no one gets sent home.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
It would be salads all around if I worked there! LOL
@Lucky15 (33763)
• Philippines
19 Jul 16
We don't have it here...wish we have those rules
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
We don't and I doubt we ever will!
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@amadeo (43688)
• United States
19 Jul 16
We never did while working.Let me tell you it was hot.I had my t shirts off and they did not liked this.Tough
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
I can't say I blame you at all!
@Fleura (5434)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
Ha ha no, of course not. Well naturally now I don't because I'm self-employed but in the past I have gone to work wearing a bikini under my lab coat because it was so hot!
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
Now that is interesting!
@jstory07 (55954)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Jul 16
For some jobs you have to work no matter what the temperature is or everything would be closed.
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
Absolutely. Its a bit daft
@Mike197602 (13403)
• Worcester, England
19 Jul 16
I unloaded a delivery at this shop I do a bit of work for. Where the cages are put outside is right where the big fan thing pushes out the heat from all the fridges...you had to stand in the hot air for a few seconds as you unloaded each item...according to a thermometer at around 12.30 it was 45 there...bloody awful...I'm dreading friday when I go back but beggers can't be choosers. PS...I'd love to have gone home but can't see that happening. The guy that owns the place watches us from vietnam on about 40 cctv cameras.
@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
Vietnam!!! But that is a communist country? Haha! I guess for him 40C would be the norm. They were wearing thick winter coats when I was there and the temp was 29C
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@Mike197602 (13403)
• Worcester, England
19 Jul 16
@garymarsh6 he's a UK person with vietnamese origin. what I find weird is that he literally micromanages everything by constantly watching his massive amount of cctv cameras...when he's supposed to be on holiday. He messaged someone on FB to tell them to fill up the haribo star mix rack
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@garymarsh6 (12006)
• United Kingdom
19 Jul 16
@Mike197602 OH blimey talk about Big Brother watching you! Thats pretty scary stuff Mike.
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@OreoBrownie (3321)
• Winder, Georgia
21 Jul 16
I don't think it's done that way here. Heavy road workers laying tar are out in the hottest of temperatures. I imagine they have to keep water and gate Raiders on them.