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Working during hot weather

21 July 2021

​While there is no maximum temperature in law at which it is too hot to work, employers must improve thermal comfort where possible.

An acceptable working environment is dependent on a number of variable factors including:

  • air temperature and humidity
  • air movement
  • nature of the work

Consideration should include:

  • encouraging employees to drink plenty of water
  • evaluating dress code, including type of PPE worn
  • consider altering working hours to start and finish earlier

Further information

Temperature in the workplace from the UK HSE website

Outdoor working on the UK HSE website

Employee’s guide to temperature on the UK HSE website

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