Too hot to work
May 21, 2013 1:17 PM Subscribe
So, for the nth year in a row the air conditioning system in our office is busted. It's not even summer yet and it's already way too hot in here. I need some way of keeping cool and sane.
posted by backseatpilot to Health & Fitness (33 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
There is currently no ventilation in the building, as they're repairing the air handlers. The chiller (replaced last year after it was struck by lightning) is apparently broken again. We were supposed to get the HVAC turned back on two weeks ago, but that deadline came and went. Today the outside air temperature was around 70F and it's currently over 85F in here. I spent most of last summer suffering from heat exhaustion and falling asleep at my desk; I need a better solution this year.
Things I have control over:
-Stuff that is inside my cubicle, including computer, monitor, and desk lighting.
-Clothing, up to a point. Short-sleeve shirts ok, shorts generally not. We were given special dispensation last year to dress down because of the heat.
-Food and water intake.
-Where I work, up to a point. Boss supports working from home on extreme days, but considering it's not even the end of May and it's already too hot I can't really spend all summer at home.
Things I cannot control:
-I have no window, so shades or opening a window don't apply.
-Bathrooms are frequently out of paper products, so (for example) grabbing lots of wet paper towels to sponge off would be looked down on.
-Management. I am co-located at a customer's site with several coworkers from my own company; our company management is aware of the issue but there isn't room or desire to relocate us somewhere else.
Due to sequester issues and the general military culture (e.g., suck it up and deal) there aren't really any options available through the chain of command here. They know about the problems but short of condemning the building until the AC is restored I'm not sure what they can do.
How do I keep cool this summer? We haven't had many hot days yet and it's already too much. Tomorrow is supposed to be significantly warmer than today and I'm worried I'm just going to melt in to a puddle.
(Second question - is this in any way an OSHA violation? Is a military installation exempt from OSHA regs?)