Is There a Maximum Working Temperature For Employees?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 August 2022
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Health and Safety; Workplace Temperatures

Under Northern Irish Law, there are no set maximum or minimum working temperatures for employees. Employers are legally required to keep the temperature inside buildings ‘reasonable’. Further, thermometers should be displayed throughout the workplace to enable employees to determine the temperature inside the building.  

This inevitably leads to the question, what constitutes a ‘reasonable’ temperature? The Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) echo the guidance issued by the GB Health and Safety Executive. A reasonable minimum temperature is considered 16 degrees Celsius and 13 degrees for those engaging in strenuous work. HSENI does not specify a maximum working

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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