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(Bolton North East)
Asked on: 18 April 2018
Department for Work and Pensions
Working Conditions: Temperature
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will bring forward proposals to set a maximum permitted working temperature.
A
Answered by: Sarah Newton
Answered on: 25 April 2018

The existing law on workplace temperature, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, places a legal obligation on employers to provide a ‘reasonable’ temperature in the workplace. A meaningful figure is not set out in regulations due to the factors, other than air temperature, which determine thermal comfort (for example, the radiant temperature, humidity and air velocity). These factors become more significant and the interplay between them more complex as the temperature rises.

Detailed guidance on workplace temperature and thermal comfort is available on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website. This includes how to undertake a thermal comfort assessment and measures that can be taken to improve thermal comfort.

The Government has no plans to bring forward proposals to set a maximum permitted working temperature.

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