28 June 2022

Working in the summer heat

Read about your rights in the workplace while working in high summer temperatures and attend the TUC’s webinar.

There is no legal maximum working temperature, however there is a legal duty on employers to provide a 'reasonable' temperature in the workplace.

What is reasonable will depend on your workplace, the type of work you do, whether you have any disabilities, medical conditions and other factors.

Employers are also legally obliged to assess risks to the health and safety of their employees, and take action where necessary and where reasonably practicable. This includes workplace temperature.

Employers should consult with health and safety reps and employees to agree sensible means to cope with high temperatures. These can include; access to water and refreshments, more frequent breaks, better ventilation, reduced working hours. These measures also apply if you are working from home.

Resources and training

The TUC is running a webinar at 2pm on Thursday 30 June, looking at what reps can do to ensure employers assess temperature risks and introduce any necessary prevention or control measures in the workplace.

TUC education also has online micro-learning resources on tackling extreme temperatures and fighting climate change.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website also has useful advice and resources on workplace temperature including information about heat stress and thermal comfort.

If you are experiencing problems with workplace temperatures (including if your home is your workplace) contact your health and safety rep via PCS Digital or email healthandsafety@pcs.org.uk