Summer is fast approaching and business owners are soon likely to be facing employee concerns about workplace temperatures. It can be extremely uncomfortable to work in scorching hot temperatures and huge window expanses in offices can make this even worse. One solution to counter workplace stress caused by high summer temperatures can be fitting air source heat pumps, which provide air conditioning in summer months and heating through the cold winter months.

Legal issues surrounding high temperatures at work

There isn’t currently any legal maximum temperature for workplace environments, although the TUC would like to see this set at 30°C. Some companies have rules in place whereby employees can leave the office if the temperature becomes too uncomfortable to work, however, all workers should speak with a member of the management team prior to leaving the office due to high levels of heat.

Where temperatures at work do become too high they can turn into health and safety hazards, as workers encounter dizzy spells, heat cramps or fainting. It’s also possible to develop heat stroke or collapse if the temperatures of the blood rise to a level of 39°C or more and this can lead to irreparable damage to organs.

As an employer, you are responsible for keeping workplace temperatures at comfortable levels and providing clean, fresh air. Where significant numbers of staff are complaining about levels of heat then it’s advisable to carry out a risk assessment. Some members of staff can be more vulnerable to the effects of high temperatures, including pregnant women or menopausal women, also where staff need to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) temperatures can seem even higher.

Some of the existing solutions to high workplace temperatures include:

• providing fans or portable air conditioners in the workplace
• ensuring a consistent supply of water and cool drinks
• allowing employees to adopt flexible working with an earlier start so they can leave when afternoon heat builds up
• adopting a less formal dress code

Installing an air source heat pump system in your premises provides all the comfort of air conditioning in hot summer months and heating in winter. You could discover that your electricity bills are reduced significantly, too, particularly if you use electric heaters at present.

I-HT supply, fit and service air source heat pumps throughout East Anglia and South East England. You can buy or lease air source heat pumps from us, so they can prove an extremely affordable option for heating and cooling your business. Contact us for more information.

https://www.gov.uk/workplace-temperatures

https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/1468637/too-hot-to-work-temperature-office-school-uk/

Robin Searles
Robin Searles
2023-12-08
Very happy with the service supplied by I-HT, from the initial survey with Lee and the install completed by Sam would and will highly recommend
Karl Chapman
Karl Chapman
2023-10-30
Top notch service, the guys turned up on time did a splendid job cleaned up and showed me how the system worked, super impressed .
Keith Young
Keith Young
2023-10-22
Fast, clean installation. Fully explained simple operation before departing.
terry colvill
terry colvill
2023-10-19
excellent swift service and the installation team installed the new unit quickly and professionally. Very happy with the service.
UK PRADO
UK PRADO
2023-09-27
I would just like to say that the service was great throughout - fast and efficient. The installation was the same. Your fitters were polite, thorough and knowledgeable and they did a very neat job and left no mess.
Claire Reeves
Claire Reeves
2023-09-27
A really easy, professional installation - from the initial request, through to installation and a call afterwards to check everything was working as it should. Highly recommended.
Gold7272
Gold7272
2023-09-12
Great service, lovely staff and quick to resolve any issues
blake thompson
blake thompson
2023-09-09
Top Quality Company, Had a new Air Conditioner fitted in our Care Home to keep Medication room cool during Warm days during summer. Unit works very well.. Fitting was done all in one day and it didn't take long to fit unit. Unit was fitted very professional. no untidy wires or piping. Outside Unit fitted to wall away from Public walking by. Tidy straight pipe work outside which uses builds drains to run drain pipe. Unit fits well on side on building.
motchman james
motchman james
2023-08-31
A great job from beginning to end. I would highly recommend, removed old broken unit and installed new uprated equipment. Looking forward to a long warm winter. Thanks guy's
Mingwei Chi
Mingwei Chi
2023-07-28
I would recommend IHT to anyone who would like to have aircon unit installed, especially the engineer did the installation who is very professional and polite. Highly recommended !