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Experts call for legislation to prevent heatstroke

08-05-2010 16:59 BJT

Experts with the China Federation of Trade Unions have called for the government to enact laws to prevent heatstroke, following an alarming number of deaths amid the heat wave.

The soaring temperatures have affected vast areas of North and South China, which have caused deaths in several provinces, including 45 in Shaanxi, 3 in Xinjiang and 8 in Shandong.

In addition, eight people- mostly sanitation workers or migrants working outdoors – died amid the heat wave in Jinan, in the space of only three days - from July 30 to August 1.

One expert with the federation, Luo Yun said China lacks nationwide regulations to protect people working outdoors during a heat wave.

In addition, companies rarely pay any attention to China's only heatstroke prevention regulation, which calls on managers to stop employees from working outdoors once the temperature reaches 38 degrees Celsius.

The rule was issued in 1960, and it has not been amended since then.

But Luo said it would not be possible to forbid everyone from working outside in sweltering weather, and he gave the example of traffic police, saying their work is essential to public order.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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