Sadly, there are no laws for minimum or maximum working temperatures – whether hot or cold.
Jonathan White, Legal and Compliance Director at National Accident Helpline, says that if employees are doing physical work, there is a suggested minimum of 13 degrees and if in an office environment, 16.
Employers need to be extra vigilant around health and safety during this time and allow regular breaks and the chance for employees to grab a hot drink. It’s also their responsibility as employers to provide additional heating if it’s too cold.
The official GOV website advises that employers must stick to health and safety at work law, which includes:
keeping the temperature at a comfortable level
providing clean and fresh air
They also encourage employees to talk with their employer if their workplace temperature is uncomfortable.
White added: "Employers are expected to do whatever is ‘reasonably practicable’ to safeguard their workers’ wellbeing, and they must provide a safe environment where staff are not at risk of falling ill from the cold. The principle applies to all employees, even those working from home.
"This requires carrying out regular risk assessments and acting on the results."
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