Taipei introduces heat-risk prevention measures

BEATING THE HEAT:Amid the hottest June in at least 120 years, Taipei announced measures that include visiting outdoor work sites and checking in on seniors living alone

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 25, 2016
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter

In light of record-high temperatures this summer, the Taipei Department of Environmental Protection yesterday introduced an interdepartmental standard operating procedure to protect people against heat-related risks.

According to a procedure approved by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), the department is to lead a panel of eight agencies in implementing heat-prevention measures when the temperature reaches or exceeds 37oC for three days in a row, department Commissioner Liou Ming-lone (劉銘龍) said.

Liou said the department would ask the Taipei Fire Department to send text messages to the agencies, each of which is tasked with different responsibilities to protect residents against fierce heat.

For instance, Taipei Department of Labor personnel are to visit supervisors at construction sites and other workplaces where employees are required to work under the sun and remind them of risks associated with heat, he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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