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to think he need "maximum temp" working conditions?

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MarmiteMakesMeHappy Mon 12-Sep-16 20:05:36

Just that really.

Was thinking about this today (in the face of tomorrow's weather forecast) and have also just read a thread about a pg mnetter suffering in the heat as her office doesn't have AC.

I have tried to work in some unbearably hot offices over the years and cannot understand why we have a "minimum temp" working conditions law but not a max one. Its getting hotter, lots more glass offices & shops etc. And don't even get me started on hospitals...

Enough!* (fans self*)

And classrooms. Fans self.

NicknameUsed Mon 12-Sep-16 20:10:28

But modern buildings all have aircon don't they? We are forecast 27 degrees tomorrow, and I will be shivering in a cardigan because the aircon will be at full blast. Grr!

yougetme Mon 12-Sep-16 20:12:30

Aircon! I have an under desk heater that I have used in the hottest days of the year because the bloody aircon is freezing me.

megletthesecond Mon 12-Sep-16 20:14:10

I'd happily give our office air con away. We have five days a year when it's justified.

Minimum office temps of 23 would be nice.

HorraceTheOtter Mon 12-Sep-16 20:14:15

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StrongBelwas Mon 12-Sep-16 20:14:41

I work in a glass building where the windows don't open and the air con/heating is set using long range weather forecasts . I hope to god tomorrow's weather was forecast early.

Tinklypoo Mon 12-Sep-16 20:15:18

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MiniAlphaBravo Mon 12-Sep-16 20:15:51

We certainly don't have air con in our school and being in a classroom with 30 pupils in this heat is most unpleasant! For them as well with ties and long black trousers! Not nice hmm

Ackeeandsaltfish Mon 12-Sep-16 20:16:24

I understand there are American standards concerning "thermal confort"

Ackeeandsaltfish Mon 12-Sep-16 20:17:02


MarmiteMakesMeHappy Mon 12-Sep-16 20:19:11

London is forecast to be 32 which is all well and good if you're in the garden, but I will be in an office with no AC and by 2pm, it will be about 36 degrees in there. I've sat in an office where the thermometer was pushing 40 before. It's vile.

HorraceTheOtter Mon 12-Sep-16 20:19:33

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FlyHighLittleBee Mon 12-Sep-16 20:27:30

I work in a psychiatric hospital, no aircon, obviously no windows or doors allowed to be open. A few weeks ago, the indoor temp read 37 degrees shock it was literally unbearable, I thought I was going to faint .. Obviously horrible for the patients too and no doubt had a negative impact on their mental health.

Luckily I'm bank, so I won't be working tomorrow. Off to the zoo instead grin

SimonLeBonOnAndOn Mon 12-Sep-16 20:30:40

I can remember being at work heavily pg, in office with no windows or a/c, was awful.
Couldn't believe then that there was no max temp.

Agrestic Mon 12-Sep-16 20:31:30

Yanbu. I work on a mezzanine level of a warehouse. There's about 2ft between me and the sun, obviously heat rises so i get everyone who works downstairs heat. And we use hot/steamy equipment. It's hotter than hell.

Agrestic Mon 12-Sep-16 20:33:03

What's the minimum work temp?

SimonLeBonOnAndOn Mon 12-Sep-16 20:58:31


roomonmybroom Mon 12-Sep-16 21:08:14

We do need one, and there should be a max. working temp. I remember looking into it over 20 years ago when I worked in a casino, no windows or aircon, it was unbearable sometimes, but there was no law, so they did nothing, money came first, sure it is the same for many companies still, it costs more to provide it, and if they legally don't have to, why would they.
Sadly you only have to think about the recent reports about the sports chain to realise that even some big employers do not give a stuff about their employees or their comfort.

Champagneformyrealfriends Mon 12-Sep-16 21:10:58

I work in a department store-last year temperatures on store were 35 degrees (broken air con, lots of lighting etc). It was by far the worst day of my working career - it was like being tortured. Yanbu-if it happened again I'd walk out.

WhirlwindHugs Mon 12-Sep-16 21:14:38

I complained about this in a job before - seriously, try working in a kitchen or coffee shop in a heatwave! There is never any aircon and you are constantly stood next to vats of boiling water... Hideous.

I recorded the temperature behind the bar in a coffee shop and it was 41dc. The aircom all faces the customers...

NeedMoreSleepOrSugar Mon 12-Sep-16 21:17:32

I work in a building with no aircon and large greenhouse style windows that don't open. Totally agree that maximum temperatures are needed - it can be bloody dangerous at times

EatDessertFirst Mon 12-Sep-16 21:37:54

47.8 degrees celcius in my kitchen during the last heatwave, and I'm dreading more of the same tomorrow.

I dream of air-con!

thehousewife Mon 12-Sep-16 21:42:06

I feel your pain dessert I'm in the work kitchen tomorrow, I'm sweating just thinking about it.....

MarmiteMakesMeHappy Mon 12-Sep-16 22:55:09

It's truly mad.

It's as miserable and debilitating as extreme cold and probably far more detrimental to productivity. At least when it's really cold you can wrap up etc and you want to keep moving. At 40 degrees, I just want to strip off and lie very very still.

It's almost like they made the "too cold law", then the phone rang and they got distracted, so forgot to pass the 'too hot' law at the same time.

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