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Here’s How Cold It Has To Be For You To Get To Leave Work

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So the temperature in Manchester is a balmy 3C – so far, so November.

But if your office has a hideous chill on, it’s worth noting that you have some rights.

And, in some cases, could get to leave thanks to our Health and Safety Executive rules.

Set by the government, the rules state that it must be at least 16 degrees in your workplace, or 13 degrees if the work “involves rigorous physical effort”.

What the law says 

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“Temperatures in the indoor workplace are covered by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, which place a legal obligation on employers to provide a ‘reasonable’ temperature in the workplace.”

That said, there is no legal requirement for them to let you go – but it’s a guideline from on high nonetheless.

Minimum workplace temperature

“The Approved Code of Practice suggests the minimum temperature in a workplace should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius.

“If the work involves rigorous physical effort, the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius.

“These temperatures are not absolute legal requirements; the employer has a duty to determine what reasonable comfort will be in the particular circumstances.”

So now you know.

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