Employers have a legal duty to protect employees’…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is advising businesses to think how they need to adapt to warmer working conditions for their staff.
After this year’s record-breaking temperatures and with more hot weather this month, HSE is asking employers to ensure extreme heat becomes part of their long-term planning.
Adapting to climate change is something all businesses will need to consider as warmer weather becomes more frequent.
Employers have a legal obligation under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations to assess risks to the health and safety of workers. They must review the risk controls they have in place and update them if needed. This includes risks from more frequent extreme weather such as heatwaves.
While there is no maximum temperature for workplaces, all workers are entitled to an environment where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled. Heat is classed as a hazard and comes with legal obligations like any other hazard. The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations require employers to provide a reasonable temperature in the workplace.
See: Temperature at work