The healthiest temperature to keep your home at largely depends upon how old, physically well and active you are.
The healthiest temperature, according to NHS.uk for people over the age of 65 and people with health conditions, such as lung or heart disease, or reduced mobility, for example, is a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius (64.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
Those who are active, healthy and below this age could, as long as they are comfortable, keep temperatures lower than this.
Healthiest temperature at work
The 1992 Health, Safety & Welfare at Work Regulations state that employers must maintain reasonable temperatures within indoor working environments.
While there are no legal minimum or maximum temperatures, it is recommended to maintain temperatures within working environments at a minimum of 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 degrees Fahrenheit) or, if rigorous physical effort is involved, 13 degrees Celsius (55.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
Why there are no legal limits
The reason there is no specified healthiest temperature at work is simple: working environments vary significantly and in some environments, such as cold stores, bakeries or warehouses, for example, keeping specific minimum or maximum temperatures would be impossible.
Even in such environments, however, employers must ensure the health of their employees is not put at risk by excessive heat or freezing temperatures by taking appropriate steps to prevent cold or heat-related illnesses or accidents at work.
Such steps may, for example, include:
- Provision of suitable personal protective equipment
- Implementation of a regular break schedule to alloww orkers to warm up or cool down
- Provision of chilled water to prevent dehydration in workers exposed to excessive heat
In offices and other environments where the nature of the work does not necessitate extreme temperatures, the healthiest temperature is basically dictated by what:
- Is comfortable for workers
- Does not increase the risk of workers developing repetitive strain injuries
- Does not increase the risk of work accidents as a result of dehydration, sleepiness or other effects of being too warm
If your employer does not adequately protect you and you subsequently have a workplace accident or develop a repetitive strain injury, your employer could be held liable to pay you work injury compensation.
When to claim
Find out when you can and should make a claim and get support by an experienced in-house Accident Advice Helpline work injury solicitor by calling 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 on your mobile now.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice