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Working through the heatwave

Published on: 25 July 2018
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Working through the heatwave
  • The rationale behind the minimum temperature
  • The lack of a maximum temperature threshold
  • Existing criteria and guidance
  • Liability and the risk to Health and Safety
  • If a maximum workplace temperature is specified

Article summary

Employment analysis: The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, SI 1992/3004 stipulate that employers must legally provide a ‘reasonable’ temperature in the workplace. The regulations, however, do not specify what temperatures fall into the bracket of ‘reasonable’. Instead one has to look to the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP), which recommends a minimum workplace temperature of 16C, and 13C for high labour-intensive work. The 2018 summer heatwave has seen temperatures soar in offices and workplaces, and raises questions about the lack of maximum temperature in any regulations or guidance. So, when is it too hot to work? or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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