New government 'should change law on hot workplaces'

27 Jun 2024

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on the next government to change the law on hot workplaces.

The TUC stated hot workplaces put workers at risk of a range of health issues. The union body has called for new legal maximum work temperatures – there's currently no law on maximum working temperatures.

It also said that there are many options open to employers to ensure their employees are kept safe, including temporarily relaxing workplace dress codes; allowing flexible working; keeping workplace buildings cool; climate-proofing workplaces; and allowing for frequent breaks.

Paul Nowak, General Secretary of the TUC, said: 'Working in sweltering conditions can be unbearable and dangerous – so spare a thought for those in overheated shops, baking offices or toiling outdoors in direct sun. 

'Indoor workplaces need to be kept cool, with relaxed dress codes and flexible working to make use of the coolest hours of the day.

'And employers must make sure outdoor workers are protected with regular breaks, lots of fluids, plenty of sunscreen and the right protective clothing.'

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