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Can you be sent home from work if it gets too hot? The laws explained

Temperatures are on the rise in the West Midlands – so much so that a health warning has been put out. Meanwhile, you’ll continue to trudge into work every day to earn money for fans and sun cream and such like.

The Health and Safety Executive states 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.

What is the maximum temperature?

There isn’t one. There’s a recommended minimum temperature for a workplace, although it isn’t set in law -16C or 13C if employees are doing physical work.

What does the law say?

Not much specifically, but the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 lay down particular requirements for most aspects of the working environment. Regulation 7 deals specifically with the temperature in indoor workplaces and states that:

“During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable. However, the application of the regulation depends on the nature of the workplace, such as a bakery, a cold store, an office, a warehouse.”

Employers also have to provide “clean, fresh air” as well as keep temperatures at a comfortable level.

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