UK personal injury solicitors may be able to help you out of a sticky situation
Summer's swiftly approaching and the heat is on for employers throughout the UK. Last year's heat wave saw employees flagging all over the place
and, with temperatures set to saw during Summer 2007, more of the same is expected. June-August ought to be about taking dips at the beach,
indulging in cool ice cream and picnics in the shade not searching for the best UK personal injury solicitor to represent you in a case against your
employer. However, heat stress in the workplace is a very real phenomenon and something that both employees and employers should be aware of.
Working conditions and the law There are very strict guidelines in place about the minimum temperature that workers should be exposed to. However,
the law concerning the maximum temperature is not quite so stringent. Regulation seven of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations
1992 refers to temperature in indoor workplaces and sates that, "During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be
reasonable. However, the application of the regulation depends on the nature of the workplace i.e. a bakery, a cold, store, an office, a warehouse."
According to Thermal Comfort in the Workplace by the HSE, "An acceptable zone of thermal comfort for most people in the UK lies roughly between
13C (56F) and 30C (86F), with acceptable temperatures for more strenuous work activities concentrated towards the bottom end of the range, and
more sedentary activities towards the higher end." In July last year, The TUC warned employers to keep workplaces cool as they campaigned for a
new maximum temperature to be set. Employers were advised to take action to protect their staff by doing things such as providing fans and plentiful
amounts of cold drinking water, otherwise they may be held accountable for their workers sustaining workplace injuries or illness and face having
compensation claims made against them. There is quite a high risk of ove