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MPs call for maximum working temperature

52224501_sUK: With the UK sweltering in temperatures over 30ºC this week, some MPs have again been calling for a maximum workplace temperature.

Mark Durkan of the SDLP and Labour’s Ian Mearns yesterday signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for 30ºC to be set as a maximum working temperature.

While the UK has a legal minimum working temperature, the EDM notes that UK workers lack adequate legal safeguards from working in uncomfortably high temperatures. A statutory maximum temperature would mean employers having to introduce control measures, such as breaks, access to water or air conditioning.

fujitsu_gif_v1.8The EDM calls on the Government to adopt the recommendations of the TUC and joint union Cool It campaign to introduce into law a maximum working temperature of 30ºC, or 27ºC for those doing strenuous work, beyond which employers would have a statutory duty to introduce effective control measures.

Last year, a very similar EDM was tabled by current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn with backing from 36 fellow politicians. 

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