Keep your cool as temperatures rise and let us know if your workplace is too hot says Usdaw

Date: 18 July 2014 The law says your employer must maintain a reasonable workplace temperature, but it doesn't specify a maximum temperature. Experts say the comfort zone is normally in the region of 16C to 24C.

Let us know if you have problems with workplace temperatures by answering our survey at: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/temperaturesurvey

John Hannett – Usdaw General Secretary says: ‘Employers are expected to take reasonable steps to deal with situations where the temperature is uncomfortably high and with the hot weather in many parts of the country this week we want members to know that action can be taken. There is helpful advice on this issue in our Keep Your Cool Tackling Heat Stress at Work leaflet.

‘If you want better health and safety conditions where you work, make sure you're in Usdaw and talk to your rep about the problems in your workplace.’

Notes for editors:

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) is the UK's fourth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 431,000 members. Membership has increased by more than 17% in the last five years and by nearly a third in the last decade. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the Union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.

Keep Your Cool Tackling Heat Stress at Work (Leaflet 291) http://www.usdaw.org.uk/adviceresources/resources/numberedleaflets116to376/291keepyourcooltackling.aspx

For Usdaw press releases visit: www.usdaw.org.uk/news and you can follow us on Twitter @UsdawUnion

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