Working Safely in Hot Conditions

15 Jul

In some areas, forecasters predict temperatures will reach 35 degrees next week, so employers will be wondering what the rules are for working in hot weather.

 There’s no law for maximum working temperature, or when it’s too hot to work.

 In offices or similar environments, the temperature in workplaces must be reasonable.

Employers must stick to health and safety at work law, including:

  • keeping the temperature at a comfortable level, sometimes known as thermal comfort
  • providing clean and fresh air

The HSE thermal comfort checklist (PDF) can help you identify whether there may be a risk of thermal discomfort in your workplace.

Guidance is also available for employees on what you they can do to feel more comfortable.

Working Safely in Hot Conditions

It is important to remember the risks of overheating when working in hot conditions, whether you are inside or outdoors.

The HSE website has practical guidance on what you can do to manage the risks, including:

  • information on factors that can lead to heat stress, and how to reduce the risk of it occurring
  • managing outdoor working environments

For further information and advice, please visit the HSE temperature website.

Need Advice?

Speak to a member of our health and safety team today. Call us on 02920 853733 or email tcms@thomas-carroll.co.uk.