Heat warning issued for Monday

Now, that’s what we call summer.

The Middlesex-London Health Unit has issued a heat alert for Monday, Aug. 17, as temperatures are expected around 31 degrees Celsius, and when combined with high humidity, may create humidex values that will make the temperature feel more like 37-40 degrees.

Precautions are urged for those members of the Western community working outside and supervisors must be aware of Western’s Working in Hot Weather or Hot Workplace Environments policy, which recommends escalating precautions when the humidex reaches 35 degrees and higher, or air temperatures reach 32 degrees and higher.

Workers are encouraged to dress in light clothing, apply sunscreen, drink more water, take more frequent breaks and work in the shade if possible. They are also encouraged to work with a buddy and monitor each other for signs and symptoms of heat stress, as individual response to heat can vary from person to person.

All those who work outside at Western are encouraged to become familiar with the Western policy and to review a Heat Stress Awareness Guide developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Council of Ontario.

For more information contact Tony Hammoud, Facilities Safety coordinator, at ext. 88730.