Federal agencies should “be proactive in protecting the health and well being of our employees” during periods of especially hot weather by being flexible in work scheduling and in other ways, OPM and HHS have said in a joint memo.
“With supervisory approval and to prevent work disruptions, a telework-ready employee may telework from home on a day when air quality conditions are poor. Additionally, if permitted by agency policy, an employee working a flexible work schedule may choose to adjust arrival and departure times to avoid commuting during the hottest periods of the day. Employees may also request annual leave, earned compensatory time off, or credit hours on a day when severe heat and humidity are threatening to the employee’s health and welfare,” it says.
Agencies further “are encouraged to remind their employees of the need to remain adequately hydrated during severe heat. Providing immediate and ready access to potable drinking water will help to protect the health and well-being of federal employees during severe heat and humidity.”
The memo includes links to resources from a number of agencies regarding health and other considerations related to conditions of high heat and humidity.