Temperature in the Workplace

Temperature in the WorkplaceThe temperature in the Workplace is something that is regulated over to ensure the working environment is safe. The law does not state a minimum or maximum temperature, but the temperature in workrooms should normally be at least 16°C or 13°C if much of the work involves rigorous physical effort.  There is not a maximum temperature as this can vary massively depending on the industry and environment.  The regulations apply to employees not members of the public.

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.

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