Temperature and Work

Hot Weather & Work

Whilst there is no legal standard set for a maximum working temperature, especially when it feels too hot to work indoors in offices and similar work environments, there is a legal requirement to ensure that the temperature is reasonable i.e. by keeping the indoor working temperature at a comfortable level, sometimes known as thermal comfort and providing clean and fresh air.

There is also a legal requirement for employers to protect their staff from the effects of the weather outdoors and rising temperatures, which if not managed properly could potentially cause immediate or long term health problems, especially skin cancer from sun exposure.

Carrying out a risk assessment will enable an employer determine what measures can be introduced. Considering all the factors relating to the working environment and if more individual arrangements would be required for employees with specific workplace health needs such as pregnancy.