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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What is the temperature the office should be?

    When attempting to minimise the risk of accidents at work, and make improvements to workplace conditions, it is all too easy to oversee what temperature the office should be.

    While employees will not suffer immediate work-related accidents if the room is not the temperature the office should be, consistent exposure to extreme temperatures can lead to ongoing occupational ailments.

    The temperature the office should be

    There are no laws in place that strictly state the temperature the office should be. That being said, Regulation 7 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state that, ‘During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable.’

    The question is, what is considered a reasonable temperature? What is the ideal temperature the office should be?

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend that rooms are a minimum of 16 degrees C for office workers. In office environments where employees are required to consistently undertake heavy lifting, or other rigorous activity, a temperature of 13 degrees C is considered reasonable.

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    In the case that you are hearing complaints surrounding office temperature, it is best practice to carry out a thermal comfort risk assessment. This can help guarantee that employees are working in an optimum temperature.

    Compensation for work injuries and illnesses

    If you have sustained an occupational injury or illness through no fault of your own, and you believe your employer is to blame, you could be entitled to claim personal injury compensation.

    When you are at work, your employer has a legal obligation to ensure your health, safety and well-being. In the case that they fail in this duty of care, they can be held liable for any harm and distress you have been made to endure as a consequence.

    To determine both your eligibility to claim, and where liability may lie in your case, Accident Advice Helpline offer a free initial consultation for victims of personal injury.

    Getting in touch with us

    For more information, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today, via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. What’s more, there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim at any point during or following your call to us.

    Date Published: August 1, 2016

    Author: Accident Advice

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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