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HEALTH & SAFETY- WORKING IN EXTREME HEAT

Dear IAMAW Membership,

As summer has arrived and we find ourselves facing the challenges of extreme temperatures, it is
crucial to prioritize your safety and well-being above all else. Your Union stands firmly behind the
principle that your health and safety should never be compromised. With this in mind, we would like
to share some important guidelines to help you stay safe during these extreme weather conditions:
Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is essential when facing high temperatures. Drink plenty of water
throughout the day, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid excessive caffeine or sugary drinks as they
can contribute to dehydration.

Dress Appropriately: Choose weather appropriate uniform that allows your body to breathe and
helps to regulate your body temperature. Consider choosing short sleeve tops instead of long sleeve
or shorts instead of pants. Additionally, consider wearing a hat and using sunscreen to protect
yourself from harmful UV rays.

Take Breaks: If and when possible, take regular breaks in a cool, shaded area to give your body
time to rest and recover. Always listen to your body.

Use Protective Equipment: If your work requires you to be outdoors, ensure you have the
necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to help safeguard yourself. This may include hats,
sunglasses and sunscreen.

Communicate Concerns: If you encounter hazardous working conditions or feel that the
temperature is jeopardizing your safety, it is vital to report your concerns to your immediate manager
(inclusive of manpower planning) and your health and safety representatives. Remember, you have
the right to a safe and healthy work environment.

We also want to emphasize that no member should fear any form of reprisal from
management or coworkers for prioritizing their own safety. It is your right to advocate for your
well-being and raise concerns when necessary. Your Union is here to support you and ensure that
your rights protected, and concerns are addressed.

In case you face any difficulties or encounter resistance when putting your safety first, please reach
out to your Union and/or health and safety representatives for guidance and support.

Please stay safe, stay hydrated, and take care of each other.

In solidarity,

Mahmoud Khatib
General Chairperson
IAMAW District Lodge 140 IAMAW

Sally Crowther
Regional Safety Coordinator
Central Region

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