Russia's chief doctor prescribes siesta amid heat wave

13th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

It may not be Italy but Russians still need a day-time siesta to break up the work day amid the worst heatwave in the country in over 100 years, Russia's chief doctor recommended Tuesday.

"Given the heat, work could be carried out earlier or later while during the hottest hours of the day we can institute a prolonged pause," the head of Russia's health and safety watchdog Gennady Onishchenko was quoted by state mouthpiece Rosskiskaya Gazeta as saying.

Under current Russian legislation, labour must not stretch beyond seven hours if temperatures exceed 28.5 degrees Celsius (83.3 degrees Fahrenheit) in the work place.

And by law employees must not work more than one hour, if in-office barometers peak above 32.5 degrees Celsius (90.5 degrees Fahrenheit).

The recent heat wave has brought searing temperatures at up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) in the capital and about seven degrees above average across Russia, in the hottest summer in over 100 years, according to the federal meteorological service.

© 2010 AFP

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