I don't know if you've noticed but it's hot as balls in the UK today. Temperatures are set to hit the mid-30°Cs later on and, as ever, people in Britain can't cope.

This heat is fine if you're in a beer garden, but as it's Monday morning, I'm guessing most of us are stuck in work, which is less fine.

So, how hot does it need to be before we get the day off? Well, bad news, everybody, there's no legally defined maximum temperature for the workplace.


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The Health and Safety Executive, which is in charge of guidelines like this, says it's not practical to bring in such a rule, because some places of work need to have very high temperatures - glass foundries, for example.

Having said that, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, does have a rule which states: "During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable." Well, that gives bosses a lot of scope, doesn't it?

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) would like maximum and minimum temperatures introduced.

The TUC says: "Trade unions want to see a legal maximum temperature for indoor work of 30°C (27°C for those doing strenuous work), so that employers and workers know when action must be taken. It should be stressed that this is intended as an absolute maximum rather than an indication that regular indoor work at just below 30°C would be acceptable.


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"There should also be a legal duty on employers to protect outside workers by providing sun protection, water, and to organise work so that employees are not outside during the hottest part of the day."

The TUC adds that working in hot conditions isn't just uncomfortable, but that it can actually be very dangerous. It says: "If the temperature goes too high then it can become a health and safety issue. If people get too hot, they risk dizziness, fainting, or even heat cramps.

"In very hot conditions the body's blood temperature rises. If the blood temperature rises above 39°C, there is a risk of heat stroke or collapse. Delirium or confusion can occur above 41°C.


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"Blood temperatures at this level can prove fatal and even if a worker does recover, they may suffer irreparable organ damage." Scary shit.

The HSE also goes on to explain that if a 'significant' number of employees complain about the heat then the employer should carry out a risk assessment. So, if you or your mates moan enough, your boss will have to at least look into it. Worth a shot.

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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