Hot Weather Alert - June 2022

There is a 90 per cent probability of Heat-Health Alert criteria being met on Friday 17 June 2022 and Saturday 18 June 2022

The Met office have put the London region under yellow alert level with the risk being 90 percent and it being widely hot, locally very hot on Friday. Cloudier and fresher on Sunday 19 June 2022 with thundery showers, although timings are uncertain. 

Please ensure you take appropriate action and revise trip plans to increase availability of water and sun protection.

Health and safety regulations require employers to undertake risk assessment wherever there is a significant risk of harm to their employees and others e.g. prolonged exposure to heat such as the sun. Therefore, in carrying out a risk assessment, staff should adopt the following steps below:

Five steps to risk assessment

1. Identify the hazards (anything that can cause harm)
2. Decide who might be harmed and how
3. Evaluate the risks and decide on precautions
4. Record your findings and implement them
5. Review your assessment and update if necessary

Although there is no maximum working temperature there is a requirement that temperature inside buildings shall be reasonable in accordance to the needs of the staff and service users etc.
There are many practical precautionary measures that can be introduced as part of a risk assessment to improve the working environment during spells of hot weather.

Please complete the CHECKLIST.  If answers to all of the questions are ‘yes’, then you will have successfully completed a ‘suitable & sufficient’ risk assessment, if not please review using a Risk assessment template to address areas of concern.

The risk assessment should cover Key Areas such as:

1. General arrangements for identifying staff/pupils with special needs
2. Outdoors Activities
3. Indoors Activities
4. Emergency Action if heat stress or heat exhaustion is suspected

Key documents to download and read: 

If you have any queries regarding the completion of this Risk Assessment and require advice please contact the Health and Safety Team