TUC calls for maximum workplace temperature

The
TUC is calling for a maximum workplace temperature.

As
well as heat stroke and dehydration, the TUC claims excessive heat increases
tiredness, stress and irritability, leading to a greater risk of accidents,
mental and physical illness and violence.

It
is calling for a maximum temperature of 27 degrees for strenuous jobs and 30
degrees for others.

The
TUC wants more breaks and job rotation if the heat cannot be reduced.

John
Monks, TUC general secretary, said: "It is farcical that we have a legal
minimum but no maximum for workplace temperature. Extreme heat can be just as
dangerous as cold.

"While
there is no legal maximum working temperatures, British workers are not
protected from sweatshop conditions."

By Paul Nelson

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