27/06/2018

Employers Should Ensure 'Reasonable Temperature' In Workplace

While employers have a legal duty to ensure that working environments are a "reasonable temperature", the law does not state specific temperatures that are considered reasonable.

Employers should encourage employees to drink more water during periods of high temperatures, while also ensuring the workplace has adequate ventilation.
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According to to NI Business Info, employers could consider the following measures to help their staff stay comfortable in the hot weather:

• supply cold drinks

• relax dress codes so employees can wear cooler clothing

• provide air conditioning or fans

• allow employees to work in the shade

• reschedule strenuous work

Staff that work outside may be at particular risk of certain hazards.

They are encouraged to consider shade, rest breaks and sun safety. Wearing a hat, suitable clothing and sunscreen can help protect the skin from UV damage.

(MH)


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