Employment Lawyers Can Answer Your Employment Law Questions
Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Do they provide any extra clothing to keep you warm?
How long have you worked there for?
Thank you. The Approved Code of Practice suggests the minimum temperature in a workplace should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius. If the work involves rigorous physical effort, the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius. These temperatures are not absolute legal requirements; the employer has a duty to determine what reasonable comfort will be in the particular circumstances.
I would say that unless you are doing very strenuous activities which may keep you warm, or this is clearly an outdoor job, then 7 degrees for an indoor environment is to low. Whilst this can be allowed, the employer should be providing you with personal protective equipment, such as warm clothes, to ensure that you are not exposed to any health risks by working in these conditions.
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answer is already above?
you certainly don't have to put up with it - this is a health and safety breach and they should be held accountable. You need to raise it higher with management and consider raising a formal grievance
You have to star off with the grievance procedure, that is how things get escalated. If needed, you can also report them to the Health and Safety Executive
Nothing stops them from doing it but it will be an automatically unfair dismissal which you can challenge legally if needed
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