The Labor and Social Security Inspectorate is still immersed in its campaign that tries to prevent occupational accidents linked to high temperatures. Hence, on these dates, in the heat of the heat wave, the Inspection Mailbox is giving priority to complaints related to exposure to extreme temperatures, as highlighted this Wednesday by the Second Vice President of the Government, Yolanda Díaz, in her account of Twitter
“During the next days of #HeatWave we could reach 44º C. The Labor Inspectorate launched a campaign to combat the risks of heat stroke in the workplace. Guaranteeing decent working conditions is a collective task, ”Díaz insisted on the social network. And he has advanced: “The Inspection Mailbox is addressing these days with priority all complaints related to exposure to extreme temperatures in the workplace.” A message from the Minister of Labor that arrives at the beginning of a heat wave that, according to forecasts, may lead to areas of Spain to register the highest temperatures ever recorded.
The Labor Inspection Mailbox included in the Master Plan for a Decent Work 2018-2020 replaced the previous mailbox for the fight against fraud (it began to be used in August 2013) to include all behaviors that imply job insecurity. With this tool, the department that Díaz directs intends to deal with unfair situations suffered by workers, offering them the possibility of communicating, from anonymity, the labor abuses that they may be suffering or of which they are aware.
The unions have asked you in recent weeks precisely to be vigilant so that the regulations on risk prevention are complied with, especially in occupational accidents linked to high temperatures, and have urged compliance with the intensive summer day, in addition to inform workers about the risks in their jobs and the preventive measures to be applied.
In their warnings they have requested special zeal for vulnerable groups to carry out their work outdoors, such as gardeners, employees dedicated to cleaning and construction, among others. Also to those who carry out their work in closed places subjected to high temperatures such as kitchens or ovens.
Penalties of more than 800,000 euros
When Work presented its plan two weeks ago, it recalled that failure to comply with the regulations on the prevention of occupational hazards can lead to serious or very serious penalties. The former carry penalties from 2,046 euros to 40,985 euros. And with the second the fine can be raised to almost 820,000 euros.
Among the actions that the ministry launched then, the sending of 137,503 information letters to companies to remind them of the importance of adopting the appropriate measures to alleviate the risks derived from high temperatures stands out. The recipients of the letters employ more than 973,000 people and include public companies and temporary work, although the main recipients are companies in two sectors: agriculture and construction.