Early day motion 414

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That this House notes that whilst there is a legal minimum workplace indoor temperature there is no legal maximum workplace temperature, so that conditions can vary greatly from employer to employer; further notes that whilst Regulation 7 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the associated Approved Code of Practice suggests that the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable, this guidance leaves considerable uncertainty as to the upper limit beyond which control measures must be in place; understands that employees in a wide range of workplaces - from industrial bakeries to school classrooms - are often subjected to high temperatures which can impact seriously on their health and well-being, with effects ranging from discomfort, stress, irritability and headaches, to extra strain on the heart and lungs, dizziness and fainting and heat cramps due to loss of water and salt; observes that the consequent reduction in cognitive function, attention span and visual motor tracking can contribute to workplace accidents and fatalities; commends the Trades Union Congress for passing a resolution in 2012 adopting a maximum working temperature as its official policy; and therefore urges the Government to resolve uncertainty for employers about their duty to combat excessive heat in the workplace by introducing a maximum working workplace temperature of 30C (86F) and of 27C (81F) for those doing strenuous work.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 15.07.2013
Barron, Kevin Labour Party Rother Valley 17.07.2013
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 17.07.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 17.07.2013
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 17.07.2013
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 17.07.2013
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 15.07.2013
Davidson, Ian Labour Party Glasgow South West 18.07.2013
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 17.07.2013
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 15.07.2013
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 16.07.2013
Engel, Natascha Labour Party North East Derbyshire 15.07.2013
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 18.07.2013
Hancock, Mike INDEPENDENT Portsmouth South 16.07.2013
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 16.07.2013
Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 15.07.2013
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 17.07.2013
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 15.07.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 16.07.2013
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 16.07.2013
Miller, Andrew Labour Party Ellesmere Port and Neston 02.09.2013
Osborne, Sandra Labour Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 16.07.2013
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 15.07.2013
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 15.07.2013
Sharma, Virendra Labour Party Ealing Southall 16.07.2013
Sheerman, Barry Labour Party Huddersfield 17.07.2013
Sheridan, Jim Labour Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 17.07.2013
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 16.07.2013
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 16.07.2013
Weir, Mike Scottish National Party Angus 17.07.2013