Employers should consider steps to ensure their staff are able to cope with hot weather during the warmer months of the year, claims a major union.
Recent days have seen temperatures reach more than 30C in some parts of the UK and the TUC is advising companies to consider relaxing dress codes so workers are more comfortable during heatwave conditions.
The union is also continuing its campaign to introduce a maximum indoor working temperature and require employers to adopt cooling measures if temperatures go above 24C.
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working in sweltering conditions can be unbearable and dangerous.
“Employers should relax dress code rules temporarily and ensure staff doing outside work are protected.
“While shorts and vest tops may not be appropriate attire for all, nobody should be made to wilt in the heat for the sake of keeping up appearances.”
Other measures can include providing fans to staff and investing in portable air cooling cabinets, allowing flexible working and providing cool water.
Current law requires that staff should continue to work as long as the temperature is reasonable and there is no legal maximum, although employees are not required to work if the temperature falls below 16C.
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