Appendix 1: Survey on the introduction of break for outdoor works

Press release - 2006-09-14
Conducted by: Government Mod 1 Staff General Union Survey period: August, 2006 Interviewees: Workman II grade workers of Food and Environmental Hygiene Department Total number of Interviewees: 201

1. Do you need to work outdoor for long hours?

Response

Yes

176 (88%)

No

25(12%)



2. Do you feel that the weather is getting hotter in recent years?

Response

Yes

183 (91%)

No

4 (2%)

Irrelevant / no answer

14 (7%)



3. Did you ever feel unwell while working under extreme hot weather?

Response

Yes

183 (91%)

No

9 (4.5%)

Irrelevant / no answer

9 (4.5)



4. What kind(s) of situation did you experience when you felt unwell working under extreme weather? (multiple answers allowed)

response

Extreme heart beating

12/183 ( 7%)

Suffocation

69/183 ( 38%)

Panting

57/183 (31%)

Dizziness

79/183 (43%)

Shock

16/183 (9%)

Heatstroke

17/183 (9%)

Exhaustion

65/183 (36%)



5. Did you ever take any break when you were exhausted and unwell?

Response

Yes

138 (69%)

No

59 (29%)

Irrelevant / No answer

4 (2%)



6. Did you consider the following / why did you not take a break? (multiple answers allowed)

Response

Being complained by citizens

25 (12%)

Being identified and complained by Quality Assurance Officers

158 (79%)

Being punished by senior management

98 (49%)

Being judged as lazy

129 (64%)

No legal protection of right to take break

58 (29%)

Other

0



7. Do you agree that the government should introduce a break for outdoor work?

Response

Yes

187 (93%)

No

6 (3%)

Neutral

8 (4%)



8. Do you agree the break to be 20 minutes per day?

Response

Yes

143 (71%)

No

38 (19%)

Neutral

20 (10%)



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