February 25, 2024

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Oppressive heat: An additional challenge for workers in Mauritius

Oppressive heat: An additional challenge for workers in Mauritius

A severe heat warning has been issued for many parts of Quebec, including Maricy. This is an added challenge for many who have to work outside.

Daycare yards are empty most days. According to government recommendations, children cannot be taken outside.

A table provided by the Quebec government makes it possible to qualify the amount of time spent outdoors with children, in addition to humidity.

In the construction sector, days are difficult, especially on roofs. The heat can be unbearable at times, but a break in the dark asphalt burgundy can be felt up to around 60°C. On a hot day, Mathieu LeBlanc, the owner of Couvreurs 40, was not surprised to learn that one or more players had been lost that morning.

In hot weather, we often forget the cleaners, with whom, in front of the presses, the mercury reaches 37 ° C. Difficult conditions for employees. Pierre Fiset, owner of Nettoyeur Sainte-Marie, found solutions: he installed islands of freshness; He asked his employees to slow down and leave work early. The heat is unbearable.

Hydration remains the best solution. Luckily, I was downtown. There are several shops that allow me to fill my water bottle. Residents who are generous in this regard are also frequent and allow me to fill my bottle, explained a postman at work. During construction, workers may drink four to eight liters of water per day.

All items are good for cooling. The chef of Le Grill restaurant, Jean-Luc de Champlain, makes sure his employees always have water and provides them with frozen dinners. With Festivoix, despite the intense heat, customers are downtown and the busy period is shorter, but more intense than usual.

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Workers have to be patient. According to Environment Canada, an extreme heat warning is in place until Thursday.

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