A Norwegian heat wave means a period of five or more consecutive days where the maximum temperature is 27 degrees or higher.
In front of the castle in Oslo, the temperatures under the sun are much higher than they were on a Friday afternoon. The guards notice that Staff Sergeant Martin Hugos can tell Dagbladet.
As a result of the extreme temperatures, the park has taken measures.
– The guard procession was canceled on Friday because of the heat, he says of the traditional parade from Akershus Castle to the castle in connection with the changing of the guard at the castle.
It is usually held from April to September.
– too hot
Høgås says rangers are on duty for about two hours, but this park has the opportunity to adjust periods somewhat due to the heat – or cold.
Guards Tobias Berg Andersen (19 years old) from Tromsø and Philipp August Fleischer (19 years old) from Oslo just got off duty.
– It was very hot, says Berg Andersen.
– Yes, things are getting better now, Fleischer interjects.
– How many hours do you stand?
– We stand for two hours on a shift. Last time I heard it was 31 degrees in the shade, so it’s reasonably warm, yes, says Berg Andersen.
– explains Fleischer to the Dagbladet Correspondent that the first hour is perfectly fine, but if you overdo it, it starts to slow down nicely.
– I take action
Vigleik M. Aas is the Head of the Norwegian Labor Inspectorate’s Response Group.
He explains to Dagbladet that there are no special rights triggered by the high temperature, but that the general requirement in the Work Environment Act is that it must be a safe working environment at all times – regardless of weather and conditions.
The moment temperatures start to become uncomfortable, measures need to be taken to remedy this.
The business owner is responsible for ensuring that the business is fully accountable. The workplace also has a safety representative, but all employees also have their own responsibility to speak up for themselves if the situation becomes difficult. Solutions must be found together.
Since different professions are affected in very different ways by temperature, it is difficult to come up with anything other than general recommendations from the Norwegian Occupational Safety and Health Authority in the heat:
Make assessments of the various measures that could make it better, and implement them. In addition, the usual general advice that applies in the heat is: good air circulation and plenty of cool drinks.
The two guards can be glad that the clock is up for this time, but a quick look at Yr.no reveals that things aren’t going to get better anytime soon.
– How is the job done, let’s call it severe weather?
No, we’re taking it in stride. Nothing prevents us from carrying out the task, says Berg Andersen.
– You’re wearing a terribly hot outfit. Is it wool?
– Very good question, I think it’s wool. At least it’s very hot, says Fleischer.
However, the two had learned some tricks to treat the heat.
– I and some others wore a shirt under it that was soaked in cold water, so it’s wet when you go outside. I don’t know if it helps a lot, but at least a little bit of a placebo, so it helps a little bit, says Fleischer.
And taking action isn’t limited to the upper body. A wet shirt is also tucked under the hat to cool the head.
– Do you want to say that you now have the best job in Norway?
– Yes, this is the most important job in Norway! Berg Andersen says.
After two hours of work on a Friday afternoon, the two have a clear plan: take a cold, well-hydrated shower and just relax.
The two have been in the garden since January, and only mellowed out in October.
– What’s worse? 60 degrees in the sun or minus 15-20?
– Good question. Well, maybe it’s almost on the downside, says Fleischer.
So do you have the same outfit?
– We have a coat like this, if it’s too cold.
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