Is it too hot to work?
Is there a maximum working temperature?
There is no law for maximum working temperature, or when it is too hot to work. 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
Outdoor working in hot temperatures:
- Reschedule work to cooler times in the day
- Provide more frequent rest breaks and introduce shading to rest areas
- Provide free access to cool drinking water
- Introduce shading areas where individuals are working
- Encourage the removal of personal protective equipment when resting to help encourage heat loss
- Educate workers about recognising the early symptoms of heat stress.
Working in the sun
Too much sunlight is harmful to your skin. It can cause skin damage including sun burn, blistering and skin ageing and in the long term can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in the UK with over 50,000 new cases every year.
A tan is a sign that the skin has been damaged.
Sun cream, water and other sun protection is essential when working outdoors.
If you require any further information with regards to working in hot temperatures, you can visit the HSE’s website by clicking here.
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