The Spanish government has announced that it will prohibit workers from working outdoors during extremely hot weather.
The law will require companies to introduce a series of measures to protect employees who have to work outdoors, and is being introduced following a recent heatwave on mainland Spain, and last year’s widespread heatwaves in which a 60-year old street sweeper in Madrid died of heatstroke.
The rules will apply when the state meteorological service issues an orange or red heat alert. Orange alerts are issued when the temperature rises above 38 degrees, and a red alert is issued when they exceed 43 degrees.
An orange heat alert was last issued on Lanzarote in July last year. Despite it’s sub-tropical location, the island receives fewer heat alerts than larger Canary Islands and inland areas of southern Spain.
No information has been given as to whether calima conditions will be covered by the new laws.
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