20 June 2017
UK ‘needs maximum working temperature’
Employers should relax workplace dress codes during periods of extremely hot weather, a union group has said.
The UK has enjoyed warm, sunny weather in recent days, with the summer months likely to provide further heat-waves in the near future.
The TUC has now called for employees to be given the chance to wear comfortable clothing, while encouraging outdoor work to be done in the morning or afternoon rather than around midday.
It added that the law should be changed so a maximum indoor working temperature is introduced in Britain. It said that employers could be forced to adopt cooling measures if the temperature of a workplace exceeds 24C.
Elsewhere, the organisation recommended that workers should be given cool drinks and regular breaks when the weather turns hot.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "While many of us will welcome the sunshine and warm temperatures this week, working in sweltering conditions can be unbearable and dangerous.
"Employers can give their staff a break by relaxing dress code rules temporarily and ensuring staff doing outside work are protected."