Keep Your Cool!

August 7, 2018

As the heatwave continues, how are your indoor workers coping with the heat?

Whilst there are minimum legal temperatures for indoor workers in HSE guidance (13⁰C for physical work, 16⁰C for other staff), no guidance or regulations in the UK stipulate maximum temperatures.

So, how hot is too hot for indoor workers?

In many ways, this is down to personal preference, or even individuals’ biological responses. An environment that is too hot for one person may be just right for another. If a working environment is too warm this can impact on the health and wellbeing of employees and can cause issues including dehydration and heatstroke.

Often heatstroke occurs because people don’t realise how much water their body is losing and they aren’t replacing it through drinking water. When suffering from heatstroke, the body will begin to sweat less and people will experience headaches and won’t be able to concentrate as well. A reduction in concentration could have serious and perhaps even fatal consequences for employees operating machinery.

Ways to keep cool

There are many actions staff can and should take themselves to adapt to heat:

  • Wear appropriate, light, loose-fitting clothing
  • Drink lots of water to stay hydrated
  • Take regular breaks
  • Move to cooler parts of the workplace, if possible

Employers have a duty of care too – it is in the employer’s interest for staff to be healthy and productive in the workplace. Some ideas for employers to consider are:

  • Relaxing formal dress codes if these are likely to cause discomfort for example; not requiring employees to wear ties during hot weather
  • Allow regular breaks
  • Changing shift times if possible so people can work at cooler parts of the day
  • Locate desks away from direct sunlight
  • Ensure there are blinds etc to block excessive sunlight
  • Provide fans/air conditioning


At HELP we are the experts so you don’t have to be.  We provide outsourced health and safety services.  As a client of HELP you are allocated your own fully qualified and experienced consultant who quickly gets to grips with your business and risks.

Why not give us a call today on 01543 431 050 or email to discuss how we can HELP you?



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