Air conditioning could become the norm as MPs call for max temp
MPs have called for a minimum working temperature: if enforced the air conditioning industry could witness further growth
MPs across England have been again calling for the introduction of a maximum working temperature, as Britain enjoyed (and suffered, in equal measures) scorching temperatures of over 35C last week.
It’s not the first time in recent years that MPs have stood up for the rights of workers, demanding the introduction of a maximum temperature in which employees should be expected to work. However, when the short-lived summer is over and the rain returns, the issue seems to be quickly forgotten again.
Last week following the blazing heat, Ian Mearns of Labour and Mark Durkan of the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) submitted an Early Day Motion (EDM) to the House of Commons asking for the maximum workplace temperature to be set at 30C.
There is currently a minimum workplace temperature which is set at 16C; or 13C when rigorous work is involved. This is simply an Approved Code of Practice and is not however a enforceable law which must be abided by.
The enforcement of a maximum working temperature across England would mean employers would have a duty to ensure the workplace temperature was maintained at the recommended level, either by the installation of air conditioning or other measures.
The EDM asks the House of Commons to consider introducing the max working temperature as a statutory law, as recommended by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the Cool It campaign.
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