We’re in a weather pattern that is totally unusual for Western New York in late-May. As I write this on Tuesday, Wednesday’s temps could exceed 90 degrees while Thursday is forecast to be 86.
So, here’s a reminder about our heat policy for Wednesday and Thursday:
At any time the outside air temperature in North Tonawanda is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or above, the foreman will schedule an extra reliever who will provide extra breaks throughout the shift so machine operators can periodically go into the air conditioned break room. Extra hydration is strongly encouraged on hot days, so the reliever will also make water runs for operators who are running machines. The Company will also provide electrolyte supplements on these days.
If the outside air temperature in North Tonawanda is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above, it is imperative that employees check the news page on the Company’s website or the Facebook or Twitter feeds for an update about work status.
On a 90+ “dry heat” day, production will continue as normal. But, if the combination of heat, humidity, and windless air create a stifling work environment, a message will be posted on those websites saying that you are not required to report to work, but you can at your own discretion. Those who do not report to work will not be paid (unless they use a personal or vacation day) and it will count as an excused absence.
If that message has been posted on our social media, we ask that you still take the time to call the office or the foremen’s phone if you are not coming in so that your foreman is aware for scheduling purposes.
If the outside air temperature in North Tonawanda is 96 degrees Fahrenheit or above, production will be cancelled. Once again, refer to the news page on the Company’s website or the Facebook or Twitter feeds.