The reason for this policy is that excessive heat is both a health and a safety hazard. Working in hot conditions can result in a number of adverse health effects. Signs and symptoms include generally feeling sick, nauseousness, dizziness, weakness, clumsiness, collapse and convulsions. Such risks can impact not only an individual member but also those nearby.
To avoid any possible issues relating to heat associated problems the Committee has introduced the following policy:
If the weather forecast for Melbourne is predicting a high temperature of 35 degrees or greater than all Men’s Shed activities for that day will be cancelled. This includes shed openings and any other external activities eg Bunnings BBQs. The forecast temperature is that forecast by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) at 5pm on the day prior to any activities occurring. Details can be obtained from the BOM site: http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/melbourne.shtml
In the event the Melbourne forecast is less than 35 degrees but the actual temperature during the day exceeds 35 degrees, members’ activities shall cease when that temperature has been reached. It is the responsibility of the Shed Supervisor on duty or the event organiser to cease activities having consideration for the health and well-being of all members.
It is Members’ responsibility to check the Melbourne forecast to establish if shed openings or other activities will be affected by adverse weather conditions.
This policy does not apply to planned events or functions being held indoors in suitable premises eg group lunches or dinners.
Port Phillip Men’s Shed Committee