Recently we have had some hot weather, shock horror! Next week we can again expect 30’s, a scorcher! So, what is a reasonable temperature in the workplace and what are your responsibilities as an employer? advo hr’s Carly Gregory explains.
Bizzarely, the “Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 Approved Code of Practice” guides employers on the requirement, providing minimum temperatures, but not maximum temperatures.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the past have given guidance, but this no longer appears to be on their website.
However previously the HSE has defined an acceptable zone of thermal comfort for most people in the UK as lying “approximately between 13°C (56°F) and 30°C (86°F), with acceptable temperatures for more physical work activities concentrated towards the bottom end of the range, and for more sedentary activities towards the higher end”. However, what is reasonable is very much dependent on the nature of the workplace and the activities undertaken.