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Heat plans, breaks and soft drinks: this is how different sectors deal with heat

Heat plans, breaks and soft drinks: this is how different sectors deal with heat

With the heat plan, the building union wants to better protect construction workers from the heat. “We developed that plan a few months ago with the experts. We can’t stick to anything per se, but they are recommendations that we highly recommend,” said spokesman Sven Nuten. “Most of our members do this automatically in the summer.”

This includes starting work early, pre-constructing units in the workshop rather than the site outside, rotating tasks on site where construction workers alternate between working in the sun and working in a sheltered space faster, and taking regular breaks.

They also do the latter at Hendrickx roofing from Arendonk. “I also make sure that my guests drink enough, and that women from the office sometimes bring a soft drink into the yard,” says manager Larice Hendricks. “In the yard, we also look at the position of the sun on the roof and try to start from where the shade is.”

According to the Construction Association, the heat wave and associated measures will have little impact on productivity. “Maybe we’re operating at a slightly slower pace, but companies will continue to operate. So we don’t expect any backlog due to the heat.”

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