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During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings must be reasonable.
The application of the regulation depends on the nature of the workplace, such as a bakery, a cold store, an office or a warehouse etc, as it isn't practical to provide heating in some of these rooms.
The temperature in workrooms needs to provide reasonable comfort without the need for special clothing. Where such a temperature is impractical because of hot or cold processes, all reasonable steps should be taken to achieve a temperature which is as close as possible to comfortable. 'Workroom' means a room where people normally work for more than short periods.
The temperature in workrooms should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius. (Offices, shops, cafés, pubs etc)
If much of the work involves severe physical effort the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius. (Warehouses, factory assembly lines etc)
These temperatures may not, however, ensure reasonable comfort, depending on other factors such as air movement and relative humidity.’
The provision of supplementary heating, whether temporary or permanent,may present further hazards to both employees and members of the public. You will need to undertake a risk assessment and consider;
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