• Christine Mould
  • 23 November 2015

Workplace temperatures - when is it too cold?

Winter is now here and has brought with it icy cold temperatures. This sudden change in temperature may have taken your office by surprise and made your Monday morning even more challenging.

Temperatures in the indoor workplace are covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and these state that employers must provide a ‘reasonable’ temperature in the workplace.

So what is a ‘reasonable’ temperature? The Approved Code of Practice suggests the minimum temperature in a workplace should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius. However, if the work involves rigorous physical effort, the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius. These temperatures are not absolute legal requirements and employers have a duty to determine what temperature would be of reasonable comfort in their particular circumstances.