Is there a maximum workplace temperature beyond which employees cannot be expected to work?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 7 August 2018
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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The recent spell of good weather has generated increased questions regarding temperatures in the workplace.  Regulation 7 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993 provides that during work hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable. Unfortunately, this does not provide a definitive answer as to maximum workplace temperatures as what is “reasonable” will differ depending on the type of work and particular individual carrying out the work.

However, guidance suggests that the workplace temperature should be at least 16 degrees Celsius unless the work is physically intensive, in which case the temperature should be

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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