As the heat wave continues to sweep across Europe, we’d like to share some tips on keeping your lab and living spaces as cool as possible:
- Control Sunlight: During the hottest hours, it’s crucial to keep your windows closed and lower the blinds to prevent hot air from infiltrating your space. These measures can help reduce indoor temperatures by up to 6°C.
- Strategic Ventilation: Throughout the day, aim to keep windows either closed or slightly ajar. However, in the evening and at dawn, when the outside temperature is cooler than indoors, it’s an excellent opportunity to fully open doors and windows – but make sure that the security principles are respected.
- Stay Hydrated: Remember to drink at least 1 liter of water daily to keep yourself well-hydrated during the hot weather.
- Laboratory Safety: When working at the laboratory bench, maintain your safety standards. While it’s common to wear lighter clothing in the summer, ensure that you do not leave your feet, legs, or arms uncovered when handling chemicals or products. Prioritize your safety at all times.
- Seek Help if Needed: If at any point you or someone is feeling unwell or experiencing discomfort due to the heat, please don’t hesitate to call 115 (= 021 692 20 00 from a mobile)
Further information on the UNISEP website: https://www.unil.ch/unisep/home/menuinst/sante-au-travail/canicule.html