As the mercury rises and the Met Office issues a new amber weather warning for extreme heat, retail trade union Usdaw is calling for a legal maximum workplace temperature to protect workers’ health and safety.
Extreme temperatures, both very hot and very cold, are a familiar problem for workers. While there is a legally enforceable minimum workplace temperature, there is not a corresponding maximum enforceable temperature. Usdaw is promoting a TUC petition calling for a maximum working temperature.
Paddy Lillis, Usdaw general secretary, said: “As temperatures peak this week and in the midst of the first-ever amber weather warning from the Met Office for extreme heat, we want workers to know that employers are expected to take reasonable steps to deal with uncomfortably high temperatures.
“Usdaw wants to see a legal maximum working temperature introduced of 30°C – or 27°C for those doing strenuous work – with employers obliged to adopt cooling measures when the workplace temperature hits 24°C.”
The TUC petition can be found HERE.